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Olympia

School District

1113 Legion Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Office: (360) 596-6100

Superintendent Search

The following is information about the search for a new Olympia School District superintendent to take over leadership of the district effective July 1, 2017. The new leader will replace Dick Cvitanich, who has announced his retirement, effective June 30. Information on this page will include news articles, meeting announcements and links to related information.

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Board offers superintendent position to Patrick Murphy

Posted March 23, 2017

The school board unanimously agreed on March 23 to offer the position of superintendent of the Olympia School District to Patrick Murphy, pending successful negotiations of a contract.

Murphy is currently assistant superintendent in the Edmonds School District. Murphy has been assistant superintendent in the Edmonds School District since 2012. Prior to arriving in Edmonds, he served from 2008-2012 as the executive director of secondary education in the Issaquah School District. He has served as a middle school principal in Issaquah, a middle and high school assistant principal in Issaquah, and a junior high assistant principal in Bremerton. Murphy taught junior high school social studies in the South Kitsap School District and serves as an adjunct faculty member in educational leadership at Seattle University and Western Washington University. 

He has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Washington, a master’s degree in teaching from Whitworth University and a doctorate in education from Washington State University. Murphy earned his principal certification from University of Washington and superintendent certification from Washington State University. 

Current OSD Superintendent Dick Cvitanich will retire effective June 30, 2017.

 


School Board sets Special Meeting March 23 at Madison Elementary

Posted March 21, 2017 

The OSD Board of Directors will hold a Special Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017, in the multi-purpose room at Madison Elementary School, 1225 Legion Way SE, Olympia 98501. The board will immediately recess into Executive Session (closed to the public) in the Library for one hour to evaluate the qualifications of the candidates for the position of Superintendent of the Olympia School District. Upon returning to open session (open to the public) at 7:30 p.m. the Board will potentially take action to appoint a Superintendent.


 

School board selects three superintendent finalists

Posted March 15, 2017 

The Olympia School Board has selected three finalists to be considered to serve as the district’s next superintendent.

Directors voted during a special board meeting on March 14 to select the following finalists for the position of superintendent:

Trevor Greene, Executive Director of Human Resources, Highline Public Schools. Greene has been executive director of human resources for Highline Public Schools since 2015. Before that, he worked as an instructional leadership executive director in Highline, a principal professional development specialist (one-year fellowship) at the Association of Washington School Principals in Olympia, an executive director of personnel and human resources in Toppenish School District, a middle school and high school principal in Toppenish, and a middle school principal and high school assistant principal in the Highland School District. Greene’s teaching career includes working at both the middle and high school levels in Yakima.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish/English from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree in education and administrative certification from Central Washington University, and a superintendent’s credential from Washington State University.

Patrick Murphy, Assistant Superintendent, Edmonds School District. Murphy has been assistant superintendent in the Edmonds School District since 2012. Prior to arriving in Edmonds, he served from 2008-2012 as the executive director of secondary education in the Issaquah School District. He has served as a middle school principal in Issaquah, a middle and high school assistant principal in Issaquah, and a junior high assistant principal in Bremerton. Murphy taught junior high school social studies in the South Kitsap School District and serves as an adjunct faculty member in educational leadership at Seattle University and Western Washington University.

He has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Washington, a master’s degree in teaching from Whitworth University and a doctorate in education from Washington State University. Murphy earned his principal certification from University of Washington and superintendent certification from Washington State University. 

Chris Woods, Executive Director of Student Learning, Tumwater School District. Woods joined the Tumwater School District as Executive Director of Student Learning in 2015. Prior to working in Tumwater, Woods served as the principal at Capital High School, principal at Pioneer Elementary School and assistant principal at Reeves Middle School — all in the Olympia School District. Prior to serving as an administrator, Woods taught first and third grade, as well as middle school social studies and English Language Arts in the Olympia School District. He also served two years as athletic/activities director at Washington Middle School in Olympia. 

Woods has a bachelor’s degree in K-8 elementary education and K-12 special education from Central Washington University, a master’s degree in educational leadership and principal certification from City University, and superintendent certification from Seattle Pacific University.

The board unanimously agreed on all three finalists, who will be invited for daylong district visits on March 20-22. The visits will include a tour of the school district and meetings with students, employees, union leaders, community members and the school board.

“I want to say how pleased we are with the outstanding pool of applicants for this top leadership post,” said Board President Eileen Thomson. “We are proud that so many talented individuals are interested in joining the district team and furthering our efforts to provide the best education possible for our nearly 10,000 students.”

The community is invited to meet with the finalists between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 20; Tuesday, March 21; and Wednesday, March 22. The meetings will be held at the Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA), 2400 15th Ave. S.E. in Olympia. Finalists are scheduled as follows:

  • Monday, March 20: Chris Woods
  • Tuesday, March 21: Trevor Greene
  • Wednesday, March 22: Patrick Murphy 

The individual selected as Olympia’s next superintendent will replace Dick Cvitanich, who is retiring effective June 30, 2017.


Superintendent search update: March 13, 2017

The Olympia School Board has scheduled an executive (closed) session on Tuesday night, March 14, to evaluate the qualifications of applicants for the Olympia School District superintendent position.

At the conclusion of the closed session, the board may return to open session at 9:15 p.m. to discuss and take action to select finalists for the superintendent position.

Finalists selected by the school board will each be invited to spend a full day touring the district and meeting with employees, students, community members and the school board.

The district has tentatively set aside March 20-23 for the daylong finalist interviews; however, the schedule could change depending on the number of finalists selected by the Olympia School Board.

Each finalist will visit the district for an entire day and will meet with various groups at the same time each day.

Community members are invited to meet superintendent finalists between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. March 20-23 in the Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA) Commons, 2400 15th Ave. S.E., Olympia. 

The individual selected as Olympia’s next superintendent will replace Dick Cvitanich, who is retiring effective June 30, 2017.


 

Superintendent search update: job announcement posted

Posted February 14, 2017

Northwest Leadership Associates, the consulting firm assisting the Olympia School District in its search for a new superintendent, has posted an online job announcement for individuals interested in applying for the leadership position. Dates have also been set for daylong interviews with finalists, including an opportunity for community input.

The deadline to apply for the Olympia School District superintendent position is March 7, 2017. The individual selected will replace Dick Cvitanich, who retires effective June 30, 2017.

Thank you to everyone who responded to the online superintendent search survey and attended the series of 18 staff, student and community focus groups to gather input on qualities and characteristics desired in the next superintendent. Input was used to help develop the job announcement.

Next opportunity for community input

The school board is expected to review job applicants and select finalists by mid-March. Finalists will be invited to tour the district and meet with employees, students, community members and the school board.

The district has set aside March 20-23 for the daylong finalist interviews; however, the schedule could change depending on the number of finalists selected by the Olympia School Board.

Each finalist will visit the district for an entire day and will meet with various groups at the same time each day.

The community is invited to meet candidates between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. March 20-23 at the Olympia Regional Learning Academy, 2400 15th Ave. S.E., Olympia.

See the online position announcement


 

Community invited to give input on superintendent search

Posted January 25, 2017 

The community is invited to complete a survey and participate in one of two 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 online survey, which will be available online through end-of-day 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 will be available by Tuesday, January 24 in school offices around the district for those unable to complete online. The district will forward surveys turned in at the schools to the search firm.

Take the online survey by Thursday, February 2

Community meetings

The district has scheduled two 90-minute community meetings to gather additional input. The board hopes to have representation from throughout the district, including parents, students, businesses, organizations, civic groups, faith leaders and city government representatives.

Information presented will be the same at both community meetings, so it is only necessary to attend one to provide input.

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 Centro Integral Educativo Latino de Olympia (CIELO). CIELO is located at 1202 Black Lake Blvd S.W. Suite B1, Olympia.

During all focus group meetings, community members 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.


Search begins for new district superintendent

Posted January 11, 2017

Superintendent Dick Cvitanich, who has served the Olympia School District for the past five years, will retire effective June 30, 2017.

This week, the Olympia School Board unanimously agreed to select Northwest Leadership Associates to lead the 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.

Cvitanich to retire in June 

Cvitanich announced his retirement in a December 19 email to colleagues, which was also shared on the district website. He wrote, “After forty-two years as an educator, the time feels right to pursue other activities with our growing family.”

The superintendent continued, “I have truly enjoyed our collaborative work over the past five years and will always be proud of our joint accomplishments, especially the high school graduation rate, student academic performance, systemic curriculum improvements, strong voter support and respectful relationship with bargaining groups … The Olympia School District is a fantastic place and I look forward to our work together the next six months.”

Cvitanich has led the Olympia School District since July 2012. Before coming to Olympia, he served six years as superintendent of the Lake Pend Oreille School District in Sandpoint, Idaho. Before that, he was assistant superintendent for Teaching and Learning in the Puyallup School District, an area administrator and an elementary school principal in the Highline School District, and a high school principal with the Vashon School District.

He announced his retirement plans now, he said, to give the school board time to begin an inclusive process for a replacement that will involve staff, students, parents and community members.


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