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By Lou Marzeles

GSD's new education team on the job


October 16, 2019


NEW APPROACH AND NEW TEAM: The Goldendale School District has a fresh approach to teaching and a new superintendent and principal joining Business Manager Dean Schlenker. Top, new Supertendent Dr. Ellen Perconti (left), Middle School Principal Jennifer Tenney (center), and Schlenker.

Dr. Ellen Perconti and Jennifer Tenney are already moving to bring a fresh stability to the Goldendale School District. Perconti is the new superintendent, and Tenney takes over as principal of the middle school. Along with Business Manager Dean Schlenker, the team is working to help pained memories of a district in turmoil fade away.

Perconti knows the history. "I just invite people to judge me for who I am and not for who's been in the position before," she says. "Ian [Grabenhorst] last year did a fantastic job of building that bridge from one superintendent into another. He and Dean made great decisions, and very difficult decisions, over the course of last year, and I really appreciat...

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