Pasco School District’s board of directors is pleased to announce that Michelle Whitney has been offered and has accepted the position of Deputy/Successor Superintendent.
She was one of five final candidates who met with members of the community at a reception on April 8. The candidates were interviewed by the board April 9 and 10, and also met with students, teachers, and district administrators. She will assume her new post on July 1.
Whitney is currently Executive Director of Teaching and Learning for the Pasco School District. She graduated from Washington State University where she also earned her Master’s in Education, and is currently completing the Superintendent Certification program. Whitney’s experience as a teacher and administrator in Pasco spans more than 19 years. She began her career with PSD as a kindergarten and 4th grade teacher, became an elementary school counselor, and also worked as a librarian/media facilitator. Whitney then moved into administration as the principal of McLoughlin Middle School and then director of Human Resources.
“The board overwhelmingly believes that Michelle Whitney is the best person to lead Pasco School District into the future,” says Board President Ryan Brault. “We appreciate all of the comments, feedback, and participation we received from the community in helping us to make this important decision.”
The search for a Deputy/Successor Superintendent began in January when current Superintendent Saundra Hill announced to the board that she will be retiring effective June 30, 2016. Over the next year Whitney will work closely with Hill and other staff members to make the transition as smooth as possible. Whitney will also oversee the Curriculum and Professional Development Department, a position that will be vacated by the retirement of Executive Director Kathy Hayden this June.
The board will approve Whitney’s contract as Deputy/Successor Superintendent a