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Kaitlyn Leavell and her fellow Coupeville 8th graders are off to high school in the fall. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They’re outta here, virtually.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic having shut down schools, everyone had to get a little creative this spring with celebrations.

Thursday, Coupeville Middle School posted the video seen below, which honors the 8th graders who will, in some way, move up to high school in the fall.


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Geoff Kappes

Coupeville High School does not plan to hire a replacement for Principal Duane Baumann when he departs at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Instead, the plan is to promote Geoff Kappes, the Coupeville Middle School Principal, and have him cover both jobs, being responsible for grades 6-12.

That move was announced Monday night by Coupeville Schools Superintendent Steve King during an online school board meeting.

King said he will seek official school board approval at the board’s May 25 meeting.

As the district considers staffing cuts across the board, the decision to have Kappes inherit Baumann’s duties allows Coupeville to “reduce (administration) by attrition.”

“Mr. Kappes is an outstanding principal and he’s done a fantastic job at the middle school,” King said during the meeting. “He has a real heart for helping students as they transition from middle school all the way to graduation.”

While there will be one principal for two schools (which share a campus), the plan is to maintain each school’s distinct identities, while the two staffs work together.

“I want to thank Mr. Kappes for him being willing to take on that challenge,” King said.

This is the second go-round for Kappes in the Coupeville school district.

He was a teacher and girls basketball coach at CHS from 2004-2007, then returned in 2017 to become the CMS Principal.

Baumann, who had a 10-year run as an administrator in Coupeville, was an Assistant Principal and Athletic Director before becoming CHS Principal in 2016.

He announced his resignation in November, with plans for a family move to Port Orchard.

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