Ex-Blue Ridge principal to lead Homelink

The program hooks home-school families into the Walla Walla School District.


WALLA WALLA - Former Blue Ridge Elementary Principal Connie Taylor-Randall has been named principal of the Walla Walla Public School's Homelink program.

Homelink is a partnership program offered by the district to community families who home-school their children on a part-time or full-time basis. Homelink students can attend classes on campus two days a week, or complete their educational hours entirely at home. It currently serves about 170 students in kindergarten through eighth grades.

The program is based out of Berney Elementary, and was previously overseen by Berney's principal.

District spokesman Mark Higgins said assigning Taylor-Randall to the job is a reflection of Homelink's growth in the last few years. The move also supports Berney's principal, who has essentially worn "two hats" in the past, Higgins said.

"It just continues to grow," Higgins said about Homelink. "It's definitely a need in our community. The district sees that as it continues to grow and develop, it needs more consistent leadership."

Higgins said along with the growth and need for more direct leadership, comes the need to make key decisions about Homelink, such as exploring a move out of Berney and into its own space.

"We need a principal to help us navigate through some of those changes," he said.

Taylor-Randall left Blue Ridge two years ago to become a principal on special assignment based out of the district's administrative office. She became the district's certified Guided Language Acquisition Design instructor, and the Families in Transition/Homeless Education Program coordinator. She will continue overseeing those programs, and serve as Homelink principal half time.

"Homelink is an important program for the district and we are excited about the leadership skills Connie will bring to her new assignment," Superintendent Mick Miller said.

Taylor-Randall is a long-time district employee. She served as a learning specialist at Blue Ridge prior to her stint as principal; was a language arts teacher at Pioneer Middle School; a primary and intermediate teacher at Sharpstein Elementary and Blue Ridge; district communications officer, and assistant to the athletic director.

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


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