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February 19, 1997


Willie Amison first will deal with the transition of East Heights School students who will attend Kenndey next year.

Willie Amison, longtime elementary school teacher and principal, will move next year to Lawrence High School as one of three assistant principals.

"I'm looking forward to it," said Amison, 49, who for the past seven years has been principal at Kennedy School.

Amison will join two assistant principals already on staff, Mike Browning and Mary Rodriguez.

Although Amison said he anticipates working in the coming months on the transition to Lawrence High School, he has other, important work to accomplish at Kennedy School. Under a plan to close East Heights School, approved by the school board last week, East Heights students would be split between New York and Kennedy schools.

Amison said he wants to ensure a smooth transition to Kennedy for students and their parents.

"It's important that everybody feels we're all part of the same team and not fragmented," he said.

Amison has worked in the district for 25 years -- as a teacher at Pinckney and Kaw Valley schools, and as principal at Riverside and East Heights schools.

He said he'll miss his interactions with young children after he moves to the high school.

"I haven't done high school yet, so I don't know what to expect there," said Amison, who holds bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Kansas University.

Supt. Al Azinger said no decision has been made on a replacement for Amison.

LHS Principal Brad Tate said Amison will work directly with students.

"He'll be responsible for one third of the students, for sure, and looking after their needs," Tate said. "And there will be other duties assigned. ... He's been interested in secondary education for some time. And there's an opportunity now to be part of it, so we're looking forward to Willie coming to Lawrence High School."

It's estimated that LHS will be home next year to about 1,320 students, while the new Free State High School will have about 830 students.

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