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A drug-related incident at a Southeast elementary school results in the reassignment of its Principal

DAVID F. ASHTON - Arleta Elementary School, at 5109 S.E. 66th Avenue, has an interim Principal through May after Principal Diana Kruger was reassigned elsewhere by Portland Public Schools. As reported in the December BEE, parents of some students at Arleta Elementary School staged prominent protests about the handling of the same-day announcement by Principal Diana Kruger of the discovery that a third-grader had offered another third-grader a powder during school hours.

According to Portland Public Schools, the powder was later identified as crack cocaine. The student who was offered – and allegedly tasted – the powder, was examined by a doctor the same day and found to be healthy. There has been no public indication of how the third-grader with the powder came by the substance, nor any indication that the Principal was aware of the incident until after it had happened. Both PPS and the Portland Police conducted investigations in the wake of the incident.

Nonetheless, apparently as a response to the parental protests, Ms. Kruger has been reassigned elsewhere in Portland Public Schools; and, while the organization seeks another Principal, retired Principal Jack Horn – who last led Lents Elementary School until 2013 – is in the Principal's office at Arleta through the end of the current school year.

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