Lake Washington School Board seeks input on new superintendent

The Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is seeking community input on what it should look for in its new superintendent. LWSD board of directors is embarking on its process to find a successor to Dr. Chip Kimball, who will be leaving after this school year to take a similar position in Singapore.

The Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is seeking community input on what it should look for in its new superintendent.

The district’s board of directors is embarking on its process to find a successor to Dr. Chip Kimball, who will be leaving after this school year in July to take a similar position in Singapore.

The board is asking parents and community members to provide input into what they should look for in Kimball’s replacement through an online survey or during a public comment period at Monday’s board meeting.

“Finding the right individual to lead our school district is among the most important tasks we do as a school board,” board president Jackie Pendergrass said in a LWSD press release. “We have several very important initiatives underway as a district, such as the change in grade configuration of our schools. Given these challenges, we are trying to determine the kind of leader who will best help us complete that work.”

The survey covers the critical issues facing the district and the background, experiences or characteristics a new superintendent should have. This feedback will help the board refine their hiring criteria for the new superintendent, according to LWSD director of communications Kathryn Reith.

Parents and community members can fill out the survey through Oct. 28 by going online to the district website, www.lwsd.org, and clicking on the superintendent survey link on the right-hand side of the homepage. So far, there have been more than 1,300 responses to the survey, according to Reith.

In addition, residents can speak directly to the board at Monday’s meeting during a special public comment period devoted to this topic, Reith said. Each person who signs up for public comment is given three minutes to address the school board. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. The public comment period will be placed toward the end of the agenda so that more people can take part.

Community members can also provide feedback to the board by sending an e-mail to board@lwsd.org, which will send the message to each school board member.