The Longview School District reports that Bonnie Jean Merritt is being appointed as the new Mint Valley Elementary School Principal. She started with the district in 2003, beginning as a kindergarten teacher at Kessler Elementary School; after two other teaching positions, Merritt was named as Dean of Students at Robert Gray in 2011, and then was transferred to Cascade Middle School last year. She was named as Mint Valley’s interim Principal on March 11th, and is now being named as the permanent replacement.
After a combined 78 years of teaching, coaching and mentoring of students in the Longview School District, Dick and Jan Stumph are both retiring at the end of this school year. Janet Stumph started at Mark Morris High School in 1973, teaching art and also running the school’s pep club. She also acted as the art department chair for 27 years. Dick Stumph also started with the Longview School District in 1973, beginning as the pool manager at MM. He started teaching swimming in 1978, then picked up a social studies teaching assignment. He taught swimming until 2006, and continued to teach social studies through this year. In addition, Stumph served as the Mark Morris swim team and water polo coach. District officials are thanking both Dick and Jan Stumph for their service to students and staff, and wish them both the very best in their retirement.