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Bianca Sapp, formerly working in education in New Mexico, joined the Scappoose school this summer.

PMG PHOTO: SCOTT KEITH - Bianca Sapp, who joined Grant Watts Elementary School as principal this summer, has resigned her position. The new principal of Grant Watts Elementary School in Scappoose has resigned less than one week into the 2021-22 school year.

Superintendent Tim Porter announced Bianca Sapp's resignation in a letter posted on Facebook Friday, Sept. 10, to staff and families in the district.

"Based on her resignation, I have appointed Amanda Small, currently assistant principal for our elementary schools, to be the interim principal of Grant Watts for the remainder of this school year," Porter added.

Small officially took over as interim principal Monday, Sept. 13.

Sapp started at Grant Watts as principal in July of this year after serving as a districtwide assistant principal for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade at Mesa Vista Consolidated Schools in Ojo Caliente, New Mexico. She is a U.S. Navy veteran and San Diego native.

In his letter, Porter wrote that Sapp resigned "due to personal reasons."

In an email sent to the Spotlight, Sapp declined to comment on her resignation.

Porter did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In his letter, Porter also announced that Crystal Maunu, an English language development teacher at Grant Watts, will step in as interim assistant principal for the Scappoose School District's elementary schools for the rest of the year.

"Crystal is in the final phase of finishing her administrative licensure program through George Fox University," Porter added. "Crystal will be splitting her time between the elementary assistant principal position and her teaching position until we can find a teacher for her program."

School started last Tuesday, Sept. 7, in the Scappoose School District.

At the time, Sapp told the Spotlight that "everything is running smoothly" at Grant Watts.

"We're already an amazing school to begin with and I'm excited to see how much further we go," she added.

The school board is set to meet Monday evening. Customarily, the board approves resignations and retirements of Scappoose School District employees. As of Monday morning, Sapp's resignation was not listed among personnel changes to be considered by the school board on its meeting agenda.


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