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Peter Peterson
Peter Peterson
MEDIA ALERT: New Kiona-Benton Superintendent Named (Photo) - 05/21/18

BENTON CITY, WA – The Kiona-Benton City School Board of Directors announce Peter Peterson as the new district superintendent, effective July 1, 2018.

Mr. Peterson was one of four finalists identified by the Board of Directors for their superintendent position on May 8. The school district, with the aid of Educational Service District 123, began its search for a successor superintendent following the planned resignation of current Superintendent Wade Haun, effective June 30.

According to Julie Rheinschmidt, Kiona-Benton City School Board Chair, “Mr. Peterson's student centered vision and approachable caring nature are attributes our staff and community indicated they desired in our next superintendent. We are excited to welcome him to our KiBe family.”

Currently a Director of Assessment and Student Services for the Walla Walla School District, Mr. Peterson has 17 years of school administration experience.

“I believe that the Kiona-Benton City School District is the perfect place for my wife and me right now,” says Peterson. “As the next superintendent, I look forward to joining a community that supports its kids and schools tremendously, and that pride is evident anytime I speak to a community or staff member. In meeting with staff, there is a genuine excitement about the work to be done, and I am humbled and honored to be chosen to lead with them."

Kiona-Benton has utilized the services of Educational Service District 123 to conduct their superintendent search.  For more information, contact Mr. Darcy Weisner at 509.544.5785.

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About ESD 123:  Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Darcy Weisner and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 70,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.

Attached Media Files: Peter Peterson
Matt Bona, ESD Early Learning Director
Matt Bona, ESD Early Learning Director
ESD 123 Early Learning Director Announced as New Dixie Superintendent (Photo) - 05/09/18

PASCO, WA – The small, rural school district of Dixie, Washington is partnering with its educational service district in a new, collaborative way.  Beginning July 1, ESD 123 Early Learning Director Matt Bona will fill the position of Superintendent at Dixie School District. Mr. Bona will continue in his director role at the ESD in addition to his new role at Dixie, following the resignation of current Dixie Superintendent Kevin Graffis.

With only one school and less than twenty students, Dixie School District is among the three smallest (between 10-20 students) in the ESD’s region of 23 districts. As a small, remote district, it can be challenging to fill positions that inevitably require the individual to wear many hats. ESD 123 frequently contracts with its smaller districts to provide services that are more difficult for these districts to recruit for and fund alone. While filling a vacant superintendent position through the ESD is not common, it is a creative solution that both Dixie and the ESD expect to be successful and are eager to begin. The partnership involves Bona to serve as superintendent of Dixie for one day each week (52 days), and four days a week in his current position at the ESD. The contract is a one-year agreement for the 2018-2019 school year.

“I’m looking forward to working with the school board and community to improve the district and make the school the best place for students to learn,” says Bona.

Bona has 22 years of experience in education, including two years as Early Learning Director at ESD 123, six years serving as Principal at Sharpstein Elementary in Walla Walla, and four years as Assistant Principal at Walla Walla High School. This will be his first superintendent position.

ESD 123 is proud to partner with Dixie on this new collaboration and looks forward to Mr. Bona’s work with the district. For more information, contact ESD Director of Communications Molly Curtiss at 509.544.5787 or tiss@esd123.org">mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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About ESD 123:  Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Darcy Weisner and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 70,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.

Top Kiona-Benton Superintendent Candidates Identified - 05/08/18

BENTON CITY, WA – The Kiona-Benton City School Board of Directors announces the four finalists moving forward in the district’s superintendent search:

  • JoAnne Fabian, Chief Academic Officer, Tukwila School District, WA
  • Mark Heid, Superintendent, Goldendale School District, WA
  • Christopher Nesmith, Career and Technical Education Director/Superintendent Intern, West Valley School District, WA
  • Peter Peterson, Director of Assessment and Student Services, Walla Walla School District, WA

The position for Superintendent of Kiona-Benton City School District opened on April 10, following the planned resignation of current Superintendent Wade Haun, effective June 30.  Last night, the school board announced the top candidates during their regular board meeting.  These individuals will participate in an open community forum on Thursday, May 17 from 6:30-7:30 PM in the Kiona-Benton High School Gymnasium.  All Kiona-Benton staff and residents are encouraged to attend the community forum where they will be able to hear from each candidate and complete a feedback form to help guide the Board of Directors in their selection process.

A formal announcement identifying the successful candidate is expected by May 21st. The candidate selected as superintendent of Kiona-Benton City School District will begin his or her position on July 1, 2018.

Kiona-Benton has utilized the services of Educational Service District 123 to conduct their superintendent search.  For more information, contact Mr. Darcy Weisner at 509.544.5785.

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About ESD 123:  Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Bruce Hawkins and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 70,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.

NEWS RELEASE: ESD 123 Announces a Year-Round Commitment to Arts Education - 05/02/18

PASCO, WA – Educational Service District 123 is proud to announce the expansion of its regional art exhibit.  For the first time in the service agency’s history, ESD 123 will host a Regional Teacher Art Exhibit, as well as a Middle School Art Exhibit at its facilities in Pasco.  This yearlong rotating art display begins with a call for entries that opens today May 2nd, for all regional K-12 public and private school teachers.

ESD 123’s new Regional Teacher Art Exhibit is a significant step toward the agency’s goal to showcase art education year-round. Now in its 45th year, the annual high school art show has been a long-standing event for ESD 123, in partnership with Columbia Basin College and as part of the State Superintendent’s Art Show.  However, the ESD has long desired to expand its support of arts education by featuring more artists at multiple grade levels, and in its own facilities.

Superintendent of ESD 123, Mr. Darcy Weisner, knew the 2017 expansion of the ESD’s Professional Development Center offered a unique opportunity for the ESD’s additional space to serve as a ‘blank canvas’ to display the work of talented school artists.

“Our ESD serves as a hub for school districts to access a variety of services that support students and teachers,” states Superintendent Weisner. “Arts education is one of those services, and it begins with the passion and dedication of art teachers in our schools.”

The ESD Regional Teacher Art Exhibit call for entries is available May 2-31, and is open to all certificated public and private school teachers working in the ESD’s 23 school districts. Complete details and forms are available on the ESD’s website at www.esd123.org/programs__services/art_show. The exhibit will be on display at ESD 123 from June 4 to September 21. Following the teacher exhibit, ESD 123 will host its first-ever middle school art exhibit from October through January. More details and information on this showcase will be announced over the summer months.

For more information, contact ESD 123 Director of Communications, Molly Curtiss, at 509.544.5787 or tiss@esd123.org">mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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Attached Media Files: Teacher Entry Guidelines