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By Andrew Christiansen

Lyle School District charts new path


Andrew Christiansen

KEEPING IT SMALL: A key part of the new approach at Lyle Schools is to keep classes together and keep learning groups small by creating work stations for students to rotate through. The system has been instituted at K-5 at Dallesport this school year.

A transformation is taking place at Lyle Schools. Following years of turmoil, the school seems to be recovering from the brink of disaster. In 2012, the school was described by Tom Merlino as a failure and was placed under the management of the state through OSPI and ESD112 under what were called binding conditions. Merlino was appointed by ESD112 to help the district make the hard cuts that would make the district solvent. The outlook was dim with the school on a trajectory towards dissolution.

Today there is a new spirit at the school, one of positive attitudes, cooperation and high expectations. No longer bankrupt, the school is planning a future based on the logo "all means all." It i...

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