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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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Coupeville’s Class of 2020 comes together one final time, thanks to a wee bit of digital fakery.

If you can’t take it, fake it.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic altered how graduation was held for the Coupeville High School Class of 2020, with some long-standing traditions relegated to the sideline.

But, thanks to the work of a couple of enterprising Wolf moms, the graduates did get a group photo.

Sort of.

Eileen Stone snapped individual shots of each CHS grad, then Karen Carlson stitched them together to create a virtual group portrait.

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Coupeville’s Mica Shipley (left) and Ashleigh Battaglia celebrate graduation. (Photo courtesy Amanda Rogers)

Live, on tape, it’s the 2020 Coupeville High School graduation.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic prevented CHS, or any school for that matter, from holding a normal ceremony, but everyone made do with what they had.

The diploma at the end of the 13-year school rainbow is still real, and, ultimately, that’s what matters most.

Since most people couldn’t watch graduation live, CHS taped the event and posted it online Wednesday afternoon.

To scroll through the program, or watch the ceremony itself, pop over to:

https://sites.google.com/coupeville.k12.wa.us/chs-class-of-2020-graduation/class-of-2020

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Nicole Laxton (left) and Veronica Crownover participate in the Coupeville High School Senior Parade in 2019. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Everyone loves a parade, but they’ll have to do without one this graduation season in Coupeville.

Normally, the CHS seniors pile into cars and trucks and take a tour of downtown in the buildup to diploma day, but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will prevent that this spring.

“The town, in compliance with state and county guidelines, has asked us not to hold any parades to avoid gatherings,” said Coupeville Schools Superintendent Steve King.

“We are doing a modified in-person graduation on the 13th instead.”

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Your CHS Class of 2020. (Photo property Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association)

Graduation is different, but not erased.

As Coupeville High School deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, it will honor the 79 members of the Class of 2020 next week, but with some restrictions in place.

Graduation, set to go down in the CHS gym Saturday, June 13, will be limited to family members who live in the graduate’s house.

All who enter the gym for the 5 PM event are required to wear a mask, and the school is providing seniors with commemorative decorated masks.

The school district also asks anyone in a high-risk health category, including those over age 60, to stay home.

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