Edison Elementary principal to retire

Nancy Withycombe plans to make this year her last in education.

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WALLA WALLA -- Edison Elementary Principal Nancy Withycombe will retire from education at the end of the school year, officials announced today.

Withycombe's resignation for purposes of retirement was accepted by the Walla Walla School Board Tuesday night during a regular meeting.

Withycombe leaves the district to close off nearly 40 years in education.

In her 18-year career with Walla Walla Public Schools, Withycombe worked as principal of Paine School, now Lincoln Alternative High School, and most recently served as leader of Edison Elementary, which opened this school year as a newly reconstructed, expanded, and modernized school.

Withycombe's earlier career included two years teaching in Prescott, and close to 20 years in Oregon, both in the Salem area and in Milton-Freewater schools.

In a statement, Withycombe said being a part of the planning, building and opening the new Edison was a highlight of her career.

"Our staff had a wonderful experience of working with an architect who valued our perceptions of what the new Edison would include," Withycombe said in the statement. "The new school has been a great success."

Withycombe thanked her staff, the district and school board for their support over the years.

Maria P. Gonzalez can be reached at mariagonzalez@wwub.com or 526-8317.

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