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New principal has big ambitions for Klahowya

School is still more than a week away, but Klahowya Secondary School’s new principal has already been to every corner of campus and schmoozed with students.

“I went in every single classroom this summer ... just to get to know all the nooks and crannies of the building,” Ryan Stevens said.

He also strolled down to the sports fields and around the edge of the “beautiful forest” in the middle of which Klahowya Secondary School rests.

Stevens was hired in May and spent three days at the school in the spring, meeting some of the students.

“This year my goal is to learn the system of Central Kitsap (School District) and Klahowya,” he said.

And he has already been getting to know some staff at the Jenne-Wright administration building as well as colleagues at his school.

“I think he’s doing a lot of observing and learning,” said Mona Swanson, Klahowya’s assistant principal.

And while Stevens is still a student in many ways, he also has some plans. He said he’d like to see the school district move up to the top 100 in the country.

“I don’t see Klahowya as just a school by itself but as a part of the Central Kitsap school system,” Stevens said.

His ambitions for KSS itself also climb high. He is looking to make it the best possible place for students to get ready for

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