Volunteers with the Junior Achievement program taught third-graders at Margaret Mead Elementary School how a city functions.
A message from the new LWSD Superintendent, Dr. Jane Stavem
July 16, 2018
Lake Washington Families and Community Members,
I am so pleased to serve as the next superintendent of Lake Washington School District. As I began reviewing the qualities of the district, and throughout the entire transition process, it has been evident that quality teaching and learning is a hallmark of the district as great teams of people work together to provide excellent facilities, programs and systems to support students.
I am honored to be part of the community and look forward to the work that will continue and the new possibilities that are ahead. I’m eager to visit schools and programs and learn about the things that make Lake Washington such a special school district.
I will begin my official duties on Wednesday, August 1 and look forward to meeting you as I begin touring the community, attending events, and experiencing the many interesting places that are part of the Lake Washington School District.
Enjoy the remaining days of summer as we anticipate a great start to the new school year!
Dr. Jane Stavem Named the Next LWSD Superintendent
June 29, 2018
Welcome to Lake Washington School District!
Redmond, Wash. - The Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Board of Directors has selected Dr. Jane Stavem to be the next Lake Washington School District Superintendent. From an impressive pool of applicants, Dr. Stavem emerged as the top choice to lead the district.
“We want to thank all the staff, parents, employee groups, students, partners, and community members who participated in the superintendent search process,” said Siri Bliesner, President, LWSD Board of Directors. “We appreciate everyone who took time to participate in the process, to submit questions, and provide feedback following the town halls. Your input was very valuable to the board in making its decision.”
On June 28 and June 29, three finalist candidates were invited back to the District for a Town Hall, staff meet and greets and a second interview with the Board, before the Board of Directors made the final hiring decision. At a special public meeting in the evening, the Board voted unanimously to extend the offer to Dr. Stavem.
Dr. Stavem is currently Associate Superintendent for Instruction at Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, Nebraska. For more information, read her biography here.
“We are extremely excited for Dr. Stavem to be the next superintendent of Lake Washington School District.” Bliesner said. ”It was an exhaustive search with a diverse range of qualified candidates, and the Board feels Dr. Stavem is the best choice for the future of our district and for our students' education.”
The next step in the process is to finalize an employment contract between the Board and Dr. Stavem.
Dr. Stavem will replace Dr. Traci Pierce, who will move into the position of Director, College and Career Readiness, this summer.
Three Finalist Candidates Named in Superintendent Search
June 25, 2018
Meet the Candidates at Town Hall – June 28 from 5:30-8:30 at LWSD Resource Center
Redmond, Wash. - The Lake Washington School District Board of Directors interviewed five semifinalists in the Superintendent Search process on Friday, June 22. As a result, the Board has selected the following three finalists to advance in the process. Listed alphabetically below, click on their names for a photo and biography of each candidate provided by Ray & Associates:
- Dr. Paul Gordon, Superintendent of Glen Ellyn School District 41 in Glen Ellyn, Illinois
- Dr. Erin Prince, Former Vice President of Education Policy, Chalkboard Project in Portland, Oregon
- Dr. Jane Stavem, Associate Superintendent for Instruction at Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, Nebraska
The public is invited to attend a Town Hall with each of the finalists on Thursday, June 28 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the LWSD Resource Center (16250 NE 74th Street, Redmond, WA 98052) in the Board Room. The Town Hall will also be streamed live from the Superintendent Search section of the LWSD website. There will be an opportunity for community members to provide feedback on each candidate to the School Board via the “Candidate Impression Form” that will be available on the website as well.
The finalists will have a final interview with the School Board next Friday, June 29. Later that evening, the School Board plans to take action to name the next superintendent for Lake Washington School District, during a public School Board special meeting, starting at 6 p.m. at the District Office. The new superintendent hired will be announced on the district website that evening.
"The Board was very impressed with the quantity of applicants for this opportunity, and the quality of the semifinalists we interviewed today,” said LWSD Board of Directors President Siri Bliesner. “We look forward to continuing our conversations with the finalists on June 29, and considering the feedback from others who meet them at the Town Hall meetings.”
Consultants Ray & Associates, who are facilitating the national search, reported the firm had contacted over 1,110 individuals in 48 states since the process began. As a result, 58 candidates applied for the LWSD superintendent position, from which the School Board interviewed five semi-finalists before narrowing the selection to these three finalists.
LWSD School Board Selects Candidates for First-Round Interviews
June 19, 2018
At the June 14 special board meeting, the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Board of Directors screened candidates for first-round interviews for the position of Superintendent.
Ray and Associates contacted 1,110 individuals regarding LWSD’s Superintendent vacancy. Out of those 1,110 contacts, 58 candidates completed the application process by providing Ray and Associates, Inc. with the required candidate materials. These 58 applicants were screened based on administrative experience, academic background and the qualities and criteria determined by the LWSD Board of Directors and printed on the LWSD Job Profile. Read the full press release.
Timeline for Selecting LWSD Superintendent
May 24, 2018
- May 11-June 4 – Position Open
- June 14 – School Board Executive Session with Ray & Associates to review applications and evaluate merits of candidates for first-round interviews
- June 22 – School Board Special Board Meeting (Executive Session - not open to the public) to interview candidates (first round)
- June 22 – Special School Board Meeting (open to the public) for School Board to take action to select finalists, 7 p.m.; location: LWSD Resource Center Board Room
- June 25 – Post announcement of superintendent candidates selected for finalist (second-round) interviews
- June 28** – Town Hall meetings, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the LWSD Resource Center. The public is invited to meet finalists and provide feedback to the Board.
- June 29 – Special School Board Meeting (Executive Session - not open to the public) to interview final candidates.
- June 29 – Special School Board Meeting (open to the public) for School Board to take action to select superintendent, 6 p.m.; location: LWSD Resource Center Board Room
- June 30 – Post announcement of superintendent choice
NOTE: Executive Sessions are not open to the public, as defined by law.
**Time of Town Hall updated 6/4/18.
Search Process Update following the May 10 Special School Board Meeting
May 14, 2018Consultants from Ray and Associates presented the results of the community survey and stakeholder meetings, to help identify the key attributes that will be defined in the job posting. They also presented a draft of the posting, which the Board reviewed and agreed on edits to be incorporated in the final version (posted above). The posting will be open May 11-June 4.
Below are resources that Ray & Associates shared during the Board meeting, regarding community feedback and a revised timeline showing next steps.
We value your input – Engage with us in the LWSD superintendent search process
April 26, 2018
Community Engagement: Over the next few weeks, there will be opportunities for staff, students, parents and community members to have input into the important Lake Washington School District (LWSD) superintendent search process. At the beginning of the process, input gathered through surveys (see below), focus groups, and community meetings will be used to help define the position profile and desired selection criteria for an ideal candidate. It will also inform the board of the issues and overall climate of the school district. Ultimately, the School Board makes the final decision on hiring the next superintendent of LWSD.
Surveys*: Two surveys will help us gather input from our community. The “30 Qualities of a Superintendent Survey” asks you to share what leadership qualities, expertise and experiences matter most to you in a superintendent. The “District Review Survey” asks you to talk about the strengths and challenges Lake Washington School District currently faces.
To participate, please click on the survey links below in your desired language:
Surveys will close on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 8 a.m.
Meetings: Four public meetings are scheduled to gather input from parents and community members.
- Tuesday, May 1 from 6-7 p.m. in the Lake Washington High School Commons (12033 NE 80th Street, Kirkland, WA 98033)
- Wednesday, May 2 from 5-6 p.m. at Lake Washington School District Resource Center (16250 NE 74th Street, Redmond, WA 98074)
- Thursday, May 3 from 10-11 a.m. at Redmond Public Library (15990 NE 85th Street, Redmond, WA 98052)
- Thursday, May 3 from 6-7 p.m. at Sammamish Public Library (825 228th Avenue SE, Sammamish, WA 98075)
- Tuesday, May 8 from 6-7 p.m. in the Kamiakin Middle School Cafeteria (14111 132nd Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA 98034)
* Surveys provided by Ray & Associates.
Lake Washington School District Board of Directors Selects Consulting Firm for Superintendent Search
April 20, 2018
During a special board meeting on Thursday, April 19, Lake Washington School District’s (LWSD’s) Board of Directors selected Ray and Associates, a national education search firm, to conduct a broad search and thorough selection process to name LWSD’s next superintendent.
Ray and Associates is experienced in identifying and recruiting leaders for high-performing school districts like LWSD. The same process and search firm will be used for considering internal and external applicants.Read the full press release about the LWSD Board of Directors selecting a consulting firm for the superintendent search.
Lake Washington School District Board of Directors Shares First Steps in Selecting New Superintendent
April 11, 2018
Lake Washington School District’s (LWSD’s) Board of Directors will be initiating a national, open search for LWSD’s next superintendent with the support of a consulting firm experienced in identifying and recruiting leaders for high-performing school districts like LWSD. The same process and search firm will be used for considering internal and external applicants.
“The Board has already started researching options and is working to determine the next steps in identifying Lake Washington School District’s new superintendent,” said LWSD Board President Siri Bliesner.
Lake Washington School District Superintendent to Step into New Role
April 10, 2018
Lake Washington School District Superintendent Dr. Traci Pierce announced today her plans to step out of the role of superintendent and into a different role within the organization.
In a message to district staff and families, Pierce shared, “I am very proud of what we have accomplished together over these past six years. It has been an honor and privilege to serve as superintendent. I am grateful for the talented and dedicated team of professional educators who work in this district. I truly love this district and the work that we do, and I am excited to continue to serve the district in a new role as I enter the next season of my career. As a lifelong educator, I am very passionate about fulfilling our district vision of Every Student Future Ready. By assuming the role of Director, College and Career Readiness, I will be able to focus all my time, talent and energy on helping every single student reach this vision. I look forward to continuing to develop district systems for engaging students in Career and Technical Education and WANIC coursework; in building opportunities for internships and externships for students; and in continuing to cultivate relationships with community and business partners to benefit our students."Read the full announcement about Dr. Pierce stepping into a new role in LWSD.