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Former CHS Principal Duane Baumann is returning to the school, this time as Special Services Director. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

He thought he was out, but they pulled him back in.

Mere months after stepping down as Coupeville High School Principal, ending a decade-long run at the school, Duane Baumann has returned to his former stomping grounds.

This time he will be the interim Special Services Director for the school system, replacing Andrea Downs, who resigned after two years in the position.

Baumann will also assist the district in launching its virtual learning program as most students open the 2020-2021 school year online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hire will be official once approved by the school board at its August 24 meeting, said Superintendent Steve King.

During his previous stint as a Coupeville administrator, Baumann held several positions including Assistant Principal and Athletic Director.

The father of five was CHS Principal from 2016-2020.

When Baumann stepped down, the original plan was for he and his family to leave Whidbey, with a possible move to Port Orchard planned.

However, the pandemic “threw us some curveballs,” said wife Barbi, and plans changed. At least for awhile.

“The Baumann family is here for another year!,” Barbi said. “We are happy to be staying!”

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