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District holding community meeting in wake of Capitol Hill elementary school principal controversy

At first he was leaving as an investigation into staff issues at his school was about to hit. Then the Tacoma school district changed its mind on hiring him. Now Lowell Elementary principal Gregory King is planning to stay at the Capitol Hill public school, the district has said. On Thursday night, a community meeting is planned to discuss “concerns about Lowell’s present and its future” —

Important: Lowell Community Meeting this Thursday night.  To all parents, staff and other members of the Lowell community.

Do you have questions and concerns about Lowell Elementary’s future?

Please come to a community meeting with Nancy Coogan, executive director of schools for the Seattle Public Schools’ central region, which includes Lowell. She wants to hear and address our concerns about Lowell’s present and its future.

The meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 16, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Lowell lunchroom.

This is a great opportunity to ask questions and get answers.

The Seattle Schools Community Forum site has also posted what it has learned about the investigation involving the treatment of students by a staff member and the subsequent handling of complaints about the situation.

It’s been a tough few months for Lowell. The summer of 2011 was marked by debate over how to handle overcrowding in the “accelerated progress program” at the school. The solution — for this year, at least — was to split the program across the city.

King also dealt with criticism of the school after a December SWAT manhunt locked down the E Mercer campus after a parent chaperoning a Lowell field trip was recognized as a member of Washington’s Most Wanted.

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