Superintendent search gets underway

This week the Olympia School Board unanimously agreed to select Northwest Leadership Associates to lead the district’s superintendent search process. The board held a special meeting on January 10 to hear presentations by two search firms before making its decision.

Northwest Leadership Associates, based in Liberty Lake, WA, has conducted more than 220 superintendent searches in Washington, Oregon and Idaho in its 16-year history.

The firm has also led the search for six Washington and five Oregon Educational Service District superintendents; recently conducted executive director searches for the Washington Association of School Administrators and the Washington State School Retirees’ Association; and coordinated the search last spring for the new Capital High School principal.

Lead consultants Dr. Roger Rada and Dr. Glenys Hill plan to meet with district leaders later this week or early next week to begin the search process, including developing a timeline that will allow ample opportunity for staff, student, parent and community input from throughout the district.

Once dates are set for community forums and other opportunities for input, the district will communicate the information in multiple ways, including postings on the school district website, in publications, on social media, and through direct email communication to district families and employees.

Note: A new Web page has been created on the school district website to share information about the search to replace Dick Cvitanich, who announced last month he will retire effective June 30, 2017. Click here to visit the Superintendent Search Web page.