Popular principal promoted

David McVicker’s reign as Washington’s distinguished elementary principal of the year lasted all of a couple of weeks before he found out he has to relinquish the honor.

But he doesn’t mind. McVicker, the principal of Emerald Heights Elementary School, has conceded his title to take over as CKSD’s director of special services. Christi Clark, the current special services director, is retiring at the end of the school year.

“I have to give it back because I can’t fulfill the obligation,” McVicker said of the award on Thursday afternoon. When a principal is named the state’s distinguished principal, it requires that the principal travel throughout the state to talk to other educators.

The distinguished principal award was made official on April 14 and the announcement of McVicker’s promotion was made through a staff-wide e-mail on

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