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Johnson retires Page l Programs that make a school district run well -- What he does best, he says, is match the right right ideas. He gives them the freedom to support to keep on flying. He doesn't hire people who think the same way he does, he a task that needs to be done and hires the can best carry it out. :ts he's slow to accept new ideas, but he's also enough to let others try them out. His is credited with starting the Community Building (C2B2) committees. It was a levy failures in the district by allowing staff to help decide what the schools should evy money. But he shrugged when board member first mentioned similar committees in Tacoma. Tom Lehning and other staff members to program. When they came back he let them run with it. that gung-ho about middle schools either, he the massive change in Sharon Layman and hands. He's not sold on the idea that a kid with individualized instruction than they classroom. But The Learning ' (TLc) program grows every year because many It It. And so the district is full of special cater to virtually every student need. His if the parents want it and the staff is willing, s What's best for the district. adistrict full of diverse programs is often a and he readily agrees life would be ran a dictatorship. Wouldn't it be nice, he made all the decisions.., if the board met, a Year... if parents stayed out of the like that would be an utter failure," he People have not been part of the decisions, COmmitted to the product." aid yes to everything the community wants, five years ago, he nearly lost his job because Overnber 1977 School Board election was : as two conservatives, Mike Smith and vere narrowly voted in. The two joined board Wolf in rejecting a biology text because of sex and evolution. (The decision was later Smith read the book more closely and vote.) The three wanted to hire an assistant to overec lore Lehning and Kateri Brow, charge of curriculum. . . three enraged the commumty when they wrote King County Boundary Review Board, e annexation of part of the Sunset Elementary School District. The previous board record against the annexation and the new voted to change that position. The letters the three had met secretly and decided to support the annexation. All three by then, a recall committee was already Smith and Dittmar, who had been on the Doing the Mexican Hat Dance with students at Sunset Elementary. board just a month, and for Wolf, who had been on for a decade. Johnson watched with dismay as board members bickered with each other and with people in the huge crowds that began to pack board meetings. According to a Press article in December, 1977, " . . .the superintendent spent much of the last half of the meeting staring down at his folded arms or burying his face in his hands. 'My stomach has butterflies in it, he said.' I have a deep feeling of depression. I can't believe what I am hearing. We have to work together. But there are so many hidden agendas. I hope you know what you are doing." The recall drive was proceeding at a moderate pace until May 25, 1978, when the board voted at 2:30 a.m. to let Johnson's contract expire the following year. At the next board meeting, 400 people crowded into lssaquah Valley, demanding to know why Johnson was being let go. And the recall drive took off. One local pastor said, "1 was going to sign the petition before -- now I'm going to carry them." By the end of July, 3,000 signatures had been gathered. In August, the board gained national attention when it took "Catcher in the Rye" off the required reading list in English classes. In September, the recall passed by a 2 to 1 margin. When a new board was finally assembled several months later, it asked Johnson to stay. That year shook him up like nothing else in his career, say colleagues. Cliff Johnson wants to be liked and takes it R JUNE ARTIST: loll Paintings By June Capps GALLERY St. N., lssaquah 392-4247 LES GINN INSURANCE AGENCY Representing: PEMco UNITED PACIFIC Compare and Save! 1045 12th Ave. N.W. Cascade Business Park Issaquah 392-5069 Auto- Home- Boat --Condo-- Life- Business ,/ Open Sat. 9-12 personally when he's criticized. "He has no shell at all," says his secretary. "He bleeds." Though he is still one of the targets of a defamation lawsuit by Elaine Wolf, Johnson has put the bad years behind him and continued to run the district with tact and good humor. He doesn't see himself as the leader of the band, but more as the manager scurrying up and down the sidelines, making sure everyone's got the instruments they need. And if everyone wants to play a different song, well, that happens sometimes. He doesn't believe in a strong central administration sending out executive orders to the schools. He believes principals should run their own schools and he is there to help them if they have problems, he says. That philosophy is a sore point with the board, which has asked him to supervise the schools more closely to see if board policy is actually filtering down into the classroom. Since he is leaving, the board has not forced the issue. That will be left to the new superintendent, Dr. James Swick. Johnson has no definite retirement plans beyond an extended trip to Europe this summer. But at 58, he's not about to spend the rest of his days in a rocking chair. He certainly won't leave his quiet life in Mountain Park and certainly will continue the daily running; and swimming that keeps him tanned and fit. "It'll be interesting to see what he does with the rest of his life," said school board president Bill McGlashan. "In many ways, he's still a young man." Good Selection of Begonias & Fuchsia Trees The biggest selection in the N.W. Rental Fuchsia Trees for Parties EMRICK'S FUCHSIAS & BEGONIAS 7303 Renton-lssaquah Rd. 392-6779 The lssaquah Press, Wednesday, June 8, 1983 - Page 5 South End May Valley'Maple Hills'Briarwood Roxaine Reynolds (255-5849) had been overweilLht, soin8 from one fad diet to another. I'd lose some weight but it didn't stay off for Ion 8 ... then I discovered DietCenter" Their prosram includes: • Low-cost, natural foods • • • rts ht from your srocery store Private, daily counselins by trained professionals  Weekly behavior modification classes • Lifetime maintenance at your desired weisht a Low, weekly prices with no contracts to sIsn "1 found they have the m °st comprehensive weisht- loss prosram available. • • that's why I was able to go from a Size 16-18 to a 8-10 in no time. You can do it tool" Summer recreation offered Briarwood Elementary School playground, ball fields, and covered area will be used by King County Parks Department during the summer for a program of games and activities. Hours will be from 1 to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, June 27 through Aug. 17. The program is open to school age children. Liberty High School Girls' Service Club, The Signet Club, elected officers for '83- '84. President is Sheila Brits, vice president Pam Minnoch, secretary Betsey Johnson, treasurer Lisa Noon, business manager Terri Plischke, and chairman of fund raisers Teri Madson. Group advisers are Mona Machel and Carroll Johnson. Apollo Elementary School will honor the parent volunteers who have given many hours to help enrich the students' experiences at school. A Volunteer Tea is planned for Wednesday, June 8 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the library. Apollo PTA elected of- ficers for the '83-'84 school year. Co-presidents are Shir- ley Eubanks and Marcia Schneider, vice president Diane Smelcer, secretary Marena Downs, treasurer Faythe Arthur, ways and means co-chairmen Jim Keller and Sandy Frank, historian and publicity Heidi Lee, sunshine Marcia Kent, membership Carole Rhoades, and health room coordinator Louise Johnson. May Valley Alliances ISSAQUAH RECYCLING_ CENTER Operated by C.E.I Open Mon.-FrL 12 noon - 4 p.m. and Satvrday 10 to 2 Next to Foothills Restaurant I 1 : E )ngel JUNE 9-JULY 16 VILLAGE THEATR   conveniently located 640 N,W, Looust  _ ...... 1/ form,fly l block south or Next to 1he HI-LO Shopping Ce(t.( 392-7425  eick's TheVdlageTheatr˘ -]'19 ,.)r '6- 00o"o00IV200002 without them .... ,11 =o to Diet Center now "If you take my advice, • ..... instead of waitin 8 like I did All durin8 my adult fife I • Individualized Reading CALL US TOD AY for a free, introductory consultation. and Math Inatructlon Children & Adults Call for Tour 622-8896 James Erickson, MSc Peter Evans, Jr. MA 431712Eth Ave. $.E. Bellevue Just 'h Mile Soulh of Fectodl Squire L Sylvan Learning Center Dj˘OltCJ o the u(Ce,$ of ou, [uciens Thelssaquah Visitor & Newcomer Guidehasan incorrect phone number. Please note: LAKEsAMMAMISH STATE PARK correct number is 455-7010 I 1105 12th N.W., lssaquah 392-9559 .,iqtt4 A1 THE LOSI/),G $1 ClnllL IN THE LAST WEIGHT-LOSS PROGRAM YOU'LL EVER NEEDI " 84. The girls are Joelle Bunker, Kelly Leyritz, Missy Matsudaira, Tina McCann, Robin Purcell, Michelle Reis, Dane Stevenson and Barbara Wright. Maywood Junior High School 9th grade students who have not accumulated detentions during the school year will be recognized early in June for their cooperative Youth Bible Quiz Team has been honored with the "Quiz attitude. A special barbecue is being planned to be held in Team of the Year" trophy, the school "park area." Of Two of the quizzers qualified 194 ninth graders, 178 for the top five spots to represent the Pacific North- students are eligible for west District at the Inter- recognition. ***** national Quizzing Tourna- ment in July. Kevin Donald- Maywood Junior High son and Brian Davis will School plans to make travelwith district coach Gini available to students a one Linicome to Charleston, I1- semester course in the 1983- iinois to compete against 84 school year introducing teams from around the the fields of aviation and world. Other Quiz Team naval science. The new offer- members are Aaron Aker, ing will include the history Debbie Stamper, Mindy and theory of flight, thebasic Brooks, Julie Williams, structure of airplanes and Galen Davis and Mike how they function, small Sullivan. boat handling, seamanship, * * * navigation and naval history. East Renton Plateau Corn- Students in the 8th and 9th munity Council will honor grades may elect to enroll in Leon Harris, who has been the class. active in community affairs, ***** at a meeting June 8 at Lord Brownie Troop 280 has of Life Lutheran Church. completed a project to put The Harris family is planning together bean bags for the a move to Wichita, Kansas, Maple Hills kindergarten in thenearfuture, students to use. The little * * • girls presented their finished Thanh-Dung Nguyen, a beanbags to the kindergarten junior at Liberty High class. Sue Schantz is leader School who was recently for Bekki Aron, Tonya honored as Rotary Student- Bowlby, Tria Graham, Billie of-the-Month in Foreign Jo Hollibaugh, Angle Languages is now being Schantz, Melissa Spencer, honored by the U.S. and Michelle Swanson. Achievement Academy. ***** Dung's picture and her Girls in Ruth Swartz's biography will appear in the Briarwood Bluebird group National Awards Yearbook spent Saturday, April 23, and she will be eligible to ap- working at Briarwood School ply for regional college to help beautify the school scholarships offered by the grounds. They cleaned up lit- Academy Scholarship Foun- ter in and around the school. dation. The girls are Kim Braillard, * * * Heather Dunn, Aimee Fetin- Eight Maywood Junior ger, Deanna Hicks, Varina High School ninth grade girls Heilman, Heidi Nievaard, have been selected to become Karin Sattler, Trisha members of the Liberty High Schmidt, Kellie Sewell and School Drill Team for 1983- TeresaSwartz. Kids audition for 'Pinocchio' The Village Theatre of accompanist will be pro- .... ssaquah will, yi, dcd, ,In addition to 13 teens for the musical speaking and singing roles, Summerstock '83 production there' is a large chorus. 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