Letter from Principal Culbertson

Principal Gary Culbertson


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It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce Sharon McGourty will be Lacey’s next principal.  She will share the role with me next year, and then step into the role fully the following year.  Mrs. McGourty is currently serving in our district as a school psychologist for both Lacey and Meadows Elementary.  She has a very diverse educational background and has served school communities as a teacher, special education teacher, vice principal, principal and school psychologist.  I hope to learn a great deal from her next year as I share the inner workings of Lacey and North Thurston Public Schools with her.

A statement from Mrs. McGourty:  “I am absolutely thrilled to work with the talented, devoted staff at Lacey.  I have worked in many educational settings throughout my career and can state with certainty that Lacey is an exceptional learning environment; due in large part to the expertise and dedication of the staff.” 

In other exciting news, Lacey will be the first elementary school in the district to partner with the YMCA to have a “Power Scholars Academy” this summer for current 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students.  This will be a free program available first to Lacey students and will run from 8am-5pm 5 days a week, from July 10-August 11.  There will be no transportation provided, but lunch will be provided on site.  While the flyers will state breakfast is provided, that statement is a hold-over from past programs.  The program at Lacey offers lunch, but breakfast is not included.  The mornings M-Th will focus on reading and math.  The afternoons and Fridays will have more “fun” activities and on Friday in particular, field trips.  Packets entitled “Finding the Genius Within” will be distributed during conference week.  If your child is a current 2nd, 3rd or 4th grader and you do not receive a packet, please contact the office for one.  This should be a wonderful opportunity for as many as 72 of our students. 

Reminder to all that I have an open door policy but still recommend you make an appointment to guarantee my availability.  You can call Linda Gallivan at our front office (360-412-4650) should you need to set up an appointment. 


Gary Culbertson