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Community's input sought in superintendent search

Aberdeen School Board seeks Community Input

The Aberdeen School District Board of Directors is working with Northwest Leadership Associates in the search for a new superintendent to succeed Dr. Thomas Opstad who is retiring after seven years in the district.

The search consultants, Dr. Roger Rada and Dr. Glenys Hill, will be in the District on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 13-14, to conduct a series of staff and community focus groups to identify the desired characteristics of the next superintendent.

A community forum is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 13, in the Community Room at Aberdeen High School.  All who would like to share their input are encouraged to attend.  There also is an online survey that patrons can use to provide input. It can be found on the District web site at www.asd5.org.

Dr. Hill and Dr. Rada have developed a schedule with the Board of Directors that calls for advertising and recruiting applicants, with an application deadline in February.  The School Board will interview finalists on March 8-10 and make a selection prior to March 15.  The new superintendent will join the district on July 1.

“We have been very fortunate to have Dr. Opstad as our superintendent these past seven years,” School Board President Sandra Bielski said. “Under his leadership, we have maintained our financial stability and become a stronger learning community – especially in the area of technology. I have every confidence that we will find an excellent superintendent who will continue to build on the work that is being done in our district.”

Dr. Rada is a former school superintendent serving most recently in Oregon City, Ore. Dr. Hill, former superintendent in Kelso, is currently the director of Washington State University’s superintendent certification program.

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For more information, contact Dee Anne Shaw, executive assistant,Superintendent’s Office, at (360) 538-2002.