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LWSD school board could hire preferred superintendent candidate Dr. Traci Pierce as early as Feb. 27

The Lake Washington School District (LWSD) school board could vote to hire its preferred new superintendent candidate as early as Feb. 27, according to LWSD communication director Kathryn Reith.

Feb. 27 will be the next time the topic will be on a board meeting agenda and Reith said the outcome will depend on how the conversation goes that evening.

"(The board will) discuss it," she said. "They could conceivably decide to vote (on hiring a new superintendent)."

The earliest the board could have made a decision previously was Jan. 30. However, due to the snow, wind and ice storms Jan. 16-20, the district had to reschedule three of its meet-and-greet events with preferred candidate Dr. Traci Pierce originally set for that week.

These meetings are an opportunity for the public to meet Pierce, who has been with LWSD for 17 years and is currently the deputy superintendent of instructional services, and provide feedback for the LWSD board of directors. Two events have already been held on Jan. 10 at Redmond City Hall and on Jan. 25 at the LWSD Resource Center. The remaining two meet and greets will be Feb. 2 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Kirkland City Hall, at 123 Fifth Ave., in the Peter Kirk room, and Feb. 7 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Sammamish City Hall, located at 801 228th Ave. S.E. in Sammamish.

The new timeline will allow more residents the opportunity to meet Pierce and give their input by filling out comment cards at the meet and greets or online through LWSD's website at lwsd.org.

"We've extended the date for community comment," Reith said.

The new deadline for online comments is the end of the day Feb. 22, exactly one month after the original deadline. This will give the LWSD board time to review all the feedback and input they receive before the Feb. 27 meeting.

LWSD School Board President Jackie Pendergrass said she couldn't say much about what may happen at that meeting other than that the board will be discussing Pierce's candidacy for superintendent.

"At this time, all I can say is that it will be on the agenda Feb. 27 for the board to decide either to accept Traci as superintendent or not," Pendergrass said. "All of our decision making must be done in public so I really can't tell you anything more definite than this."

The board did an internal review before naming Pierce as their preferred candidate last December to replace current superintendent Dr. Chip Kimball, who will leave LWSD at the end of the school year to be superintendent at the Singapore American School, Pendergrass said. She said the board will not be looking outside the district for Kimball's replacement.

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