For the last few days, we’ve received emails and seen messages on Twitter from Edmonds-Woodway High School parents and students concerned bout the future of long-time EWHS football coach and physical education teacher John Gradwohl. Some students have created a Keep John Gradwohl at EWHS Facebook page, stating that the school may “surplus” Gradwohl because too many students are requesting waivers from PE classes.
We asked EWHS Principal Michelle Trifunovic via email about Gradwohl’s future, and here’s the reply she sent:
“Unfortunately, EWHS is experiencing a continued decline in enrollment. The impact of this decline is that we receive less staffing, have less students signing up for courses and in the end will offer less sections per course. Please know that only five years ago EWHS had an enrollment of over 2,000 students. In 2012-2013, we are expected to have around 1,600 students. This means that staffing assignments for Mr. Gradwohl and several other EWHS staff are in flux.
“The district is currently working through the surplus process to place these staff members in other buildings in the Edmonds School District. I am very confident that Coach Gradwohl will have a full time position in our district and look forward to working with him in his role as P.E. teacher and coach at EWHS. In addition, it is important to note that teaching assignments and coaching positions are not connected. We have many coaches who work in other buildings and some who are not employed by the district.”