By Melissa Slager Herald Writer
The principal of Mariner High School was recently named the state’s best.
Brent Kline was named High School Principal of the Year by the Association of Washington School Principals, school officials announced Monday. Kline earlier was named the Wesco 3A/4A Conference High School Principal of the Year for 2012. He was one of seven finalists for the state honor. He’s now in the running for the national honor.
Kline started as principal of Mariner in 2003 and is now the school’s longest-serving principal. In that time, he’s focused particularly on improving students’ reading and math skills.
He hired three reading teachers to work with the lowest-achieving students and added staff training for reading across school subjects. Students across campus pause each day for 20 minutes of sustained silent reading. Well more than three-quarters of students meet state reading standards, with nearly 9 in 10 meeting writing standards.
In math, teachers collaborate daily and an after-school program requires students to attend if they are not meeting state standards. Three-quarters of Mariner students have passed state math exams.
The school was named a School of Distinction for reading and math and received the Washington Achievement Award for language arts.
“I felt the energy when I first arrived,” wrote Carol Coe of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, who visited Mariner in October, in a statement.
Before becoming principal, Kline was one of the school’s assistant principals. He previously served as dean of students and music teacher. He also has worked in Everett and Clovis, Calif.
Kline will be formally honored by the Association of Washington School Principals in October.