Karina Vega-Villa Takes Oath of Office as Wenatchee School Board Member

Karina Vega-Villa was sworn into office as a member of the Wenatchee School Board by Superior Court Judge Travis Brandt Tuesday night. “It was really exciting.” said Vega-Villa, “It was especially important to have my family here. I’m a working mom, I have two kids in the school district, so…


Wenatchee School Board Chooses Karina Vega-Villa as Fifth Member

The Wenatchee School Board selected it’s fifth member Friday evening. Karina Vega-Villa was selected from among five finalists to fill the board seat recently vacated by Dr. Walter S. Newman. The board’s communications director, Diana Haglund, said the decision was not an easy one for the board. “All 14 of…


Wenatchee School Board Selects New President

The Wenatchee School Board had their annual reshuffling of officers last week. Sunny Hemphill will replace Michelle Sandberg as board president while Laura Jaecks becomes the vice president. Hemphill said she understands the difficulties facing the school district in 2019. “Unfortunately our district if facing a fairly significant budget issue…


Second School Resource Officer in Wenatchee Possible, but Unlikely

Wenatchee Police Chief Steve Crown and others made the case for a second School Resource Officer (SRO) before the Wenatchee School Board Tuesday. For Crown, it’s about the proactive interaction and engagement the SRO has with the students. Said Crown, “It’s not about security guards being in schools. It’s not…


Wenatchee School Board Opts to Bring Back Rifle

The Wenatchee School Board agreed in a unanimous decision Tuesday to allow a rifle to be stored in the building, for use by the School Resource Officer in an active shooter situation. Wenatchee Police Chief Steve Crown, School Resource Officer Jared Reinfeld and WHS principal Eric Anderson all spoke in…


Wenatchee School Board Begins Hiring Process For Interim Board Member

The Wenatchee School Board is in the process of seeking applicants for the unexpired office formerly held by Dr. Walter S. Newman. Newman resigned his position on the board earlier in the month. The Wenatchee School Board will appoint one of the candidates to serve until the next regularly scheduled…


Dr. Walter Newman Resigns from Wenatchee School Board

Longtime Wenatchee School Board director Dr. Walter Newman announced his resignation from the board Wednesday afternoon. Newman’s resignation is effective immediately. Communications Director for the Wenatchee School District Diana Haglund says the letter simply stated it was time to go. “Dr. Newman did not provide a reason and we’re just…


Wenatchee School Board to Decide on Consultant Firm Monday

The Wenatchee School Board will hold a Special Board Meeting Monday, September 24 at 9:30 a.m. in the main board room at the Wenatchee School District office (235 Sunset Ave.)  The Board will vote on which search firm they will choose to conduct a comprehensive superintendent search to replace Brian…