West Seattle schools: New principal for Lafayette Elementary

Big news for West Seattle’s biggest elementary school: Lafayette Elementary in the Admiral District is getting a new principal. After seven years as Lafayette principal, Virginia Turner is moving to Coe Elementary in the north end. Here’s her announcement in the school newsletter, shared with us by a parent:

I wanted to let you know that I have made the decision not to return to Lafayette next year. I feel it is time for new leadership at the school, and I am looking forward to the challenge of leading a new school. I will be the Principal at Coe Elementary on Queen Anne Hill next year.

I am so grateful for the kindness and support you have given me during my tenure at Lafayette. Lafayette is a remarkable school, and I am very fortunate to have been able to work with you the past 7 years. Thank you for allowing me to work with your children. It has been so rewarding to be a part of their learning, development, and growth.

The new principal for Lafayette is an experienced principal named Jo (Lute-Ervin) who is currently the Principal at Tops K-8. Previous to that position she was principal for 9 years at Leschi Elementary. I know you will welcome her as she becomes a part of the Lafayette community.

Lute-Ervin has been principal at TOPS for two years. Lafayette’s student population has grown dramatically in the past few years, well past 500 students; a double-size portable was moved onto school grounds last winter to house some of the overflow.

2 Replies to "West Seattle schools: New principal for Lafayette Elementary"

  • george June 16, 2011 (10:28 am)

    Judging from the reports of some parents there, the “My way or the highway” method wasn’t working so hot. Let’s see what the next regime brings.

  • Lafayette mom of three June 16, 2011 (12:29 pm)

    I am excited about the change at Lafayette. I certainly wish Ms. Turner well at TOPS . While Ms. Turner ran the school well in daily operations, she didn’t do much to force the teachers to push the envelope to implement current best practices. Lafayette is too traditional in many ways. It will be nice to see a fresh perspective from another principal. I hope the staff and community welcome Ms. Lute-Ervin and see this as an opportunity to better a school that is by no means perfect.

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