Employees invited to give input on superintendent search

Employees are invited to complete a survey and participate in one of four focus group meetings to provide input as part of Olympia School District’s search for a new superintendent.

Superintendent Dick Cvitanich, who has led the school district for the past five years, will retire effective June 30, 2017.

Superintendent search online survey

Parents, students, employees and community members are invited to complete a superintendent search survey. The brief survey, which will be available online through Thursday, February 2, will assist the Olympia School Board and the superintendent search firm in developing a leadership profile and position description that will guide the board’s selection of the next superintendent.

The survey, developed by the superintendent search firm, asks questions about the district’s strengths and challenges, as well as professional qualifications and personal qualities desired for the next superintendent.

Respondents are asked at the end of the survey to identify the group that best represents their role and/or relationship to the district (such as parent, student or community member); however, no names are requested to keep the responses anonymous.

Survey responses are submitted online directly to Northwest Leadership Associates, the superintendent search firm selected by the school board to assist with the search process.

Copies of the survey are available in school offices and support buildings for those unable to complete online. The district will forward surveys turned in at schools and support sites to the search firm.

Take the online survey by Thursday, February 2

Employee focus group meetings

The district has scheduled four one-hour focus group meetings for all employees in the district. Information presented will be the same at all four employee meetings, so it is only necessary to attend one to provide input.

The four employee focus groups are scheduled on:

  • Monday, January 30: 7:15 – 8:15 a.m., Reeves Middle School, 2200 Quince St. N.E., Olympia
  • Monday, January 30: 7 – 8 p.m., Jefferson Middle School, 2200 Conger Ave. N.W., Olympia
  • Tuesday, January 31: 7:15 – 8:10 a.m., Washington Middle School, 3100 Cain Road S.E., Olympia
  • Tuesday, January 31: 5 – 6 p.m., Marshall Middle School, 3939 20th Ave. N.W., Olympia

Employees unable to attend one of the four focus groups arranged for staff are also welcome to attend one of two community focus group meetings along with members of the Olympia School District community. The community focus group meetings are scheduled on:

  • Tuesday, January 31: 11:30 a.m., Knox Administrative Center Board Room. The administrative center is located at 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia.
  • Wednesday, February 1: 7 p.m., Jefferson Middle School. The school is located at 2200 Conger Ave. N.W., Olympia.

Spanish-speaking families are also welcome to attend a focus group on Monday, January 30 from 5 – 6 p.m. An interpreter will be available at the meeting, which is co-hosted by the district and CIELO (Centro Integral Educativo Latino de Olympia). CIELO is located at 1202 Black Lake Blvd. S.W. Suite B1, Olympia.

During all focus group meetings, participants will be invited to share about the district’s strengths and challenges, as well as professional qualifications and personal qualities desired for the next superintendent.

The district has also launched a Web page on the district website to keep people up-to-date about the superintendent search process. Visit the superintendent search district Web page.