A Principal Woman

Photo | Courtesy of Judy Ferrell

Pauline Runkles poses for a school portrait with her class at the four-room Urbana School. While this photo is undated, Skip Roderick of J & S Car Care on Thurston Road remembers Mrs. Runkles as his fourth grade teacher (she taught a combined fourth and fifth grade class) and principal in 1953.

Following two decades of unprecedented growth, Urbana today is fortunate to have five dedicated principals working to educate our children. With a third elementary school, Sugarloaf Elementary, expected to open in August 2017, these principals will soon number six. But…

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There is a white plastic frame mounted on the wall that holds a black touch screen. The screen flashes with three electric, vacillating lines — one green, one white and the top one is blue: vital signs. These lines have…