Archive for Thursday, January 19, 2006

LES principal heads to Japan

January 19, 2006

Parents, students and teachers won't be seeing Lansing Elementary School principal Tim Newton around for the next few weeks.

Newton, a member of the Kansas Army National Guard, has gone with some members of his unit to Hokkaido, Japan, to participate in a battle simulation with the Japanese Army.

Newton said he would take part in a bilateral training command and control exercise designed to enhance communication between the U.S. and Japanese armies in the event of an attack. The training results from a treaty with Japan, Newton said. Newton left on Sunday, Jan. 15.

While Newton is overseas, Mary Noyes, a first-grade teacher with an administration certification, will be in charge of the building. Noyes also filled in for Newton in October when he traveled with the National Guard to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Newton will return to the school Feb. 6.

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