Jim McNally, interim principal at Langley Middle School, will retain his position for the 2016-17 school year at half-time capacity. McNally is a retired administrator and, due to retire-rehire legislation, can only work 108 days in a school year. - Evan Thompson / The Record

Schools roll out first round of teacher cuts

  • May 26, 2016 at 10:00AM updated May 27, 2016 at 6:45AM

Making good on plans to trim staff, the South Whidbey School District announced it has reduced 6.5 teaching and administration positions. The cuts will go into effect at the end of the school year.


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Exhibit reveals 20 years of life seen through the lens of a Langley photographer

  • May 26, 2016 at 10:00AM updated at 12:06PM

A large retrospective exhibit and sale of photographs by Langley photographer Ed Severinghaus can be seen at the Deer Lagoon Grange this week. The images are all mounted on rigid mats and can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28 in the grange hall, 5142 Bayview Road.

South Whidbey school chaperone assaulted on field trip to Seattle

  • May 24, 2016 at 6:00PM updated May 26, 2016 at 8:10AM

A Langley Middle School chaperone was assaulted and hospitalized Thursday while on a sixth grade field trip to Seattle.

Whidbey Tel kicks off annual contest

  • May 25, 2016 at 6:00PM

The theme of this year’s Whidbey Telecom directory-cover contest is “What brings you happiness?” the company said in a prepared release. Any medium and style may be used to depict “what inspires you to enjoy life in this area,” it said. Artwork or photographs may be submitted at the company’s customer-care center, 1651 Main Street in Freeland, through 5 p.m. Friday, July 15. The winner will receive $500, and the winning work will be featured on the cover of about 15,000 telephone directories.

Oak Harbor man takes own life after altercation

  • May 25, 2016 at 4:00PM

An Oak Harbor man took his own life Sunday night after he apparently thought he had killed his wife, according to police and fire officials. A 27-year-old man choked his 28-year-old spouse into unconsciousness in the side yard of their East Whidbey Avenue house. A neighbor witnessed the assault and called 911 to report a possible homicide at just after 10 p.m., according to city officials. The neighbor ran over to the couple as the man was holding the woman on the ground. Both the neighbor and the husband, later identified as Michael J. Gibbons, thought that the woman was dead and cried out, according to officials.

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