Walla Walla teacher to take over as principal in Dayton

Andy Maheras will be the new principal, replacing Jude Cornaggia, who is retiring.

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DAYTON — The Dayton School board selected Walla Walla High School social studies teacher Andy Maheras as their choice for the new secondary principal at Dayton High School.

The board authorized Superintendent Doug Johnson to negotiate a contract with Maheras, which will be presented to the board for approval May 19.

The board named Maheras as their choice following an executive session Wednesday. He was selected from five candidates who were interviewed by staff, board and community members last week.

Maheras will replace Jude Cornaggia who is retiring at the end of the school year.

The board also approved hiring Dean Bickelhaupt as head football coach.

In other business the board, with all members present:

Declared certain elementary school library books as surplus. Unanimous.

Approved membership in the Washington Interscholastic Activities association, and the WIAA Sunday waiver agreement. Unanimous.

Approved a memorandum of understanding to support the Race to the Top program. Unanimous.

Passed resolution to transfer funds from the general fund to debt service to make an annual payment on the loan for the elementary school roof. Unanimous.

Discussed ways to handle reductions in state funds. Superintendent Doug Johnson said he does not anticipate any certificated staff will be laid off.

Learned the Patit Valley Grange donated dictionaries to all third graders. This is a donation made annually by the Grange.

Learned senior projects will be presented at downtown businesses May 12 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Learned the Yamate exchange went will, and Dayton students will visit Japan July 20 to Aug. 4.

Carrie Chicken can be reached at cec@innw.net or 522-5289.

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