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Richards takes helm at her second mid-valley charter school

Audrey Richards is charting a new course, but not abandoning her current one.

In August, the longtime local educator took over as principal of Sweet Home Charter School - the same position she's held for eight years at Sand Ridge Charter School's south main campus in Lebanon (which houses kindergarten through second-grade classes; a Sodaville location covers K-8).

She's up to handling both responsibilities, but, as she said with a laugh, "It's a little busy."

In Sweet Home, she replaces Jeff Tompkins, who taught at the K-6 institution for four years before serving as its principal for two....