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Federal Way High School principal leaves district for undisclosed reasons

Federal Way High School principal Lisa Griebel ensures that order is maintained during a student protest in 2011. Griebel left the district recently for undisclosed reasons and is now the principal of Miller Junior High School in Aberdeen. - File photo
Federal Way High School principal Lisa Griebel ensures that order is maintained during a student protest in 2011. Griebel left the district recently for undisclosed reasons and is now the principal of Miller Junior High School in Aberdeen.
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Lisa Griebel, who had been the principal at Federal Way High School (FWHS) for the last seven years, quietly left the district recently.

According to the Aberdeen Daily World, Griebel was named principal of Miller Junior High School in Aberdeen. Griebel had been on paid leave from her position at FWHS since August 2013 for undisclosed reasons.

The Mirror requested to see correspondence between Griebel and district officials through a public records request.

However, many pages of email correspondence were redacted due to attorney-client privilege. Marion Leach, director of employee relations for the district, also referred to a “possible pre-claim case” regarding Griebel in the documents.

“You are directed, effective immediately, not to discuss this matter, in any manner, with students, their parents or employees of the district while on administrative leave,” wrote Superintendent Rob Neu and Vince Blauser, executive director of Secondary Education for the district, in an Aug. 16, 2013 letter informing Griebel that she was placed on administrative leave.

Griebel says she’s happy for the new start in Aberdeen, according to the Daily World report.

“We love it here,” she said, referencing herself and her husband, Doug Mosebach. “It’s so refreshing to be somewhere where people care about you whether they know you or not. What a change from the kind of board meetings we are used to … No timer buzzing people … I can tell the culture is one of respect and has a focus on kids.”

Blauser said the district hopes Griebel will be successful in her new endeavor in Aberdeen.

“We wish Ms. Griebel the very best in her new position,” he said.

Griebel has been in education for 23 years, and was a teacher, behavior intervention specialist, school counselor, dean of students, assistant principal and curriculum assistant principal in her time at FWPS before taking over at FWHS seven years ago.

 

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