At LaMoure Elementary School in Bismarck, N.D., students learn that rules are rules, and must be followed by everyone. And that means everyone. So when Gov. Edward T. Schafer of North Dakota showed up an hour late for a visit last month, he was given a tardy slip and sentenced to a half-hour detention. "We were waiting and waiting--so we had a whole hour to think up what we could do," said Christine Hager, the principal. Although the Governor did not stick around for detention, he did return the note to the school, signed by his father.
Mike Billings, the principal of Lincoln Elementary School in Mechanicsville, Iowa, challenged his students to give up television for a week. If they succeeded, he said, he would be the target in a dunk tank. Talk about incentive. At the end of the one-week experiment, 212 of the school's 259 students had tuned out for the entire time. Mr. Billings, who submitted willingly to repeated dunkings by his students, said a similar experiment could be in the works for next year. ... Michael Preston, the Seattle school board president, is stepping down, citing personal interests that may interfere with his ability to work with school issues. Mr. Preston, a board member for 12 years, relinquished his leadership post last month. He will remain on the board, however. ... The Rev. James E. Lumsden has resigned from the Cleveland school board. He is the third of Mayor Michael R. White's 1991 slate of school board candidates to resign.
A retired school principal scored a political upset last month, defeating U.S. Rep. Mike Synar, an eight-term Oklahoma Democrat, in a primary-election runoff. Virgil Cooper was the principal of Edison Middle School in Drumright, Okla., for 30 years before retiring in 1984. He will face Republican Tom Coburn in the Nov. 8 general election. ... Karen Davis has been named the president of the Commonwealth Fund, one the oldest private foundations in the nation. Ms. Davis joined the New York City-based foundation in 1992 and is currently the executive vice president. She will take her new post in January.
--Adrienne D. Coles
Vol. 14, Issue 05