Superintendent Dick Cvitanich
Dick Cvitanich has served as superintendent of the Olympia School District since July 1, 2012. Prior to joining the OSD, Cvitanich served as superintendent of the 3,900 student Lake Pend Oreille School District in Ponderay, Idaho, from 2006 through 2012. Prior to his time in Idaho, Cvitanich served as assistant superintendent for teaching and learning with the Puyallup School District from 2004 to 2006; area administrator for the Highline School District from 1994 to 2004; and elementary school principal in Highline from 1991 to 1994. He has also served as a high school principal with the Vashon School District and an elementary and middle school teacher in the Shaw Island School and Central Kitsap School districts.
Cvitanich holds a bachelor of arts in history from the University of Washington, a master’s in education administration from Western Washington University, and his superintendent credentials from the University of Washington. Dick recently completed terms on the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Educational Services District 113’s Executive Advisory Board. He will soon begin serving as Chair of the New Market Skills Center Board and as a member of the Boys and Girls Club Community Advisory Board. He is also a long-time member of Rotary International. A life-long participant in organized athletics, Cvitanich was recently inducted into the Kitsap County Sports Hall of Fame for soccer.
Cvitanich was born and raised in Tacoma and has been married to his junior high school sweetheart Diane for 41 years. Dick and Diane have three grown sons: John, 34, a graduate of Western Washington University; Paul, 31, a graduate of Whitman College; and, Andy, 28, a graduate of Santa Clara University. In his free time, Dick enjoys both water and snow skiing, running, cycling, reading, listening to music, writing fiction and travel.
Some of the key initiatives Cvitanich and team have undertaken over the past couple years include:
- Crafting a new five-year Strategic Plan;
- Adoption of the first new elementary math curriculum in 15 years;
- Adoption of the first new elementary english/language arts curriculum in over 10 years;
- Establishment of a more cohesive relationship between the school district and PTA/Parent groups;
- Increased classroom instructional time for students;
- Expanded all-day kindergarten;
- Ongoing partnership with the Olympia School District Education Foundation;
- Expanded intervention programs for struggling students at all grade levels;
- Reduced class sizes;
- Comprehensive staff training on the new Teacher-Principal Evaluation System and the Common Core State Standards; and
- Crafting of a renewed 4-year Technology and Safety Levy (passed in Feb. 2014);
- Passed successful 4-year Maintenance & Operations Levy in 2016 with 75.97 percent yes votes;
- Passed successful Capital Facilities Bond in 2016 with 72.15 percent yes votes;
- Increased on-time high school graduation rates.