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Superintendent Search

Share your vision for our next superintendent

The Lake Stevens School District Board of Directors invites you to give your input by completing the Leadership Profile Survey. The survey aims to gather information and feedback on what is desired for the next Superintendent of Lake Stevens School District. The survey should take no longer than five minutes to complete.

Your feedback will directly influence the criteria the board uses to evaluate candidates, and to ensure that our selection aligns with the expectations and needs of our school community.

The survey will be open until Friday, March 29.

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Common threads from focus groups

On Feb. 5, Northwest Leadership Associates hosted 17 focus groups with 50 participants. Three prompts were posed to participants: 

  • What are the celebrations within Lake Stevens School District? 
  • What are the challenges facing Lake Stevens School District? 
  • What attributes are you looking for in your next leader? 

Focus Group Results (PDF)

Here are the common threads shared by participants:

Celebrations:

  • High expectations for schools and students
  • Strong and positive sense of community
  • Supportive and approachable school board, administration and staff
  • Culture of teamwork and trust
  • New housing and growing enrollment
  • School – community partnerships
  • Teachers supported by administration and community
  • Board works well together
  • Foundation for Excellence – strategic plan
  • People care about the district – caring staff
  • Growing diversity of students – DEI work
  • Student voice in the district
  • Good labor relations
  • Student options – academically and student activities
  • Community support for levies and bonds – values education

Challenges:

  • Leadership change – transition to new leader – “big shoes” to fill
  • Political divide in district – pushback – online presence
  • Growing community – increase in enrollment – capacity
  • Social, emotional support for students and staff
  • Consistently build upon and support “Foundation for Excellence”
  • Need for diverse staff to reflect student population
  • Staffing and substitutes shortages
  • Building trust with teachers, administration and community
  • Passing future bonds and levies
  • Special education – services and funding
  • Maintaining strong fiscal stewardship
  • Continues focus up and training on diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Open contracts with bargaining units over next two years

Attributes:

  • High expectations for all – staff, students and administration
  • Supports and promotes the “Foundation for Excellence”
  • Good listener, charismatic, relationship builder, supporter, encouraging
  • Visible, involved, interacts with schools, activities and in the community
  • Values all members of the school, district and Lake Stevens community
  • Able to maintain, grow and nurture strong community and district relationships/partnerships – develops trust
  • Transparent/honest/approachable/inspiring/collaborator
  • Sound fiscal management experience – successful experience with bonds and levies
  • Collaborative problem solver – someone who can make hard decisions
  • Clear equity perspective and experience
  • Supportive of and involved with teachers, staff and students
  • Strong communicator – listener – open minded – relationship focused
  • Successful experience as educational/instructional leader – classroom/building/district level experience – knows teaching and learning
  • Focuses on students – behavior social/emotional support and safety
  • Residency in or near Lake Stevens desired/important – longevity in position
  • Listens to student voices – advocate – does what is best for kids

Past Updates

Superintendent Search Timeline

February

March

  • Mid-search report to the Board
  • Stakeholder survey closes

April 

  • Application deadline
  • Screening report to the Board
  • Candidate selection and interviews
  • Final interviews and background checks
  • Announcement of selection
  • Contract approved

July

  • New superintendent begins