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David Woods Named Waitsburg Superintendent/ Elementary Principal (Photo) - 03/17/23

WAITSBURG, WA – Following a full evening of interviews with Waitsburg school staff and community members on March 13, the Waitsburg School Board of Directors deliberated in an executive session that resulted in a unanimous vote selecting Mr. David Woods as the next Superintendent / Elementary Principal of Waitsburg School District. Pending contract negotiations, Mr. Woods will begin his first day in Waitsburg beginning July 1, 2023.

Chairman of the Board, Dr. Carol Clarke, states, “The Board of Directors is excited to invite David Woods to join the District’s team as Superintendent/Elementary Principal.   Having been an Elementary Principal, a Secondary Principal and an Assistant Superintendent/Special Education Director, Mr. Woods has a wealth of skills and knowledge which will be invaluable to our district.  He is committed to living in Waitsburg and desires to serve our community, as well as our schools.”   

Mr. Woods, who currently serves as principal of Eastmont Junior High School in East Wenatchee, stated, “I am so excited to have been chosen as the new Waitsburg Superintendent. The minute I visited, I was certain that Waitsburg would be a great place to live and work.  Then Monday when I met the staff, school board and community members, those feelings of excitement grew. I knew instantly that this was my place and these were my people.  It is with humility and gratitude that I come to serve the Waitsburg community and school district.”

For more information, contact Dr. Carol Clarke at cclarke@waitsburgsd.org.


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Waitsburg School District Selects Top Candidates in Superintendent/Elementary Principal Search (Photo) - 03/06/23

WAITSBURG, WA – Four finalists are moving forward in the search for the next superintendent/elementary principal of Waitsburg School District.  Following a formal search process that began in January, the Waitsburg School Board of Directors have selected the following candidates to move forward into final interviews:

  • Aaron Chavez, Superintendent/Principal, Excelsior Holistic School, WA
  • Rebecca Estock, MTSS Implementation Program Supervisor, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, WA
  • Tony Howard, former Assistant Superintendent of Human Resource Services, Richland School District, WA
  • David Woods, Middle School Principal, Eastmont School District, WA

The top four candidates are scheduled to participate in final district interviews with the Waitsburg School Board and district staff on Monday, March 13.  An open community forum will be held in person the evening of March 13 from 7:00-8:00 PM at the Waitsburg High School Gymnasium.  All Waitsburg residents are encouraged to attend the community forum where they will be able to hear from each candidate.

The last contract day for current Waitsburg Superintendent/Elementary Principal Mark Pickel is June 30, 2023. The Waitsburg School Board will meet to deliberate on the evening of March 13, following the interviews.  The school board anticipates making a formal announcement identifying the successful candidate on March 14. The individual selected as Waitsburg’s next Superintendent/Elementary Principal will begin their position on July 1, 2023.

Waitsburg has utilized the services of Educational Service District 123 to conduct their superintendent search.  For more information, contact Mr. Steve McCullough at 509.544.5785. 


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Waitsburg Superintendent Search Update - 02/28/23

WAITSBURG, WA - The Waitsburg School Board of Directors will hold an executive session during a special board meeting this Thursday, March 2nd at 5:00 PM to review and select the top finalists for the Waitsburg Superintendent/Elementary School Principal position. Using the input provided by community members in theWaitsburg Superintendent Profile Survey​” disseminated in early January, the school board will review and narrow down the list of applicants to the top 3-4 candidates who will move on to final interviews with the community and staff. During the March 2nd board meeting, the dates and times of the upcoming staff/community interviews will be finalized.

Waitsburg School District began its search for the district’s next Superintendent/Elementary Principal on January 13th. The application deadline closed last Friday, February 24th, and the board is pleased to have received a competitive candidate pool. On Monday, March 6th, we will announce the top candidates and the dates and times of the staff/community interviews, which are anticipated for the week of March 13th. Following these interviews, the school board expects to announce their selection of the successful candidate on Thursday, March 23rd. Waitsburg’s new incoming Superintendent/Elementary Principal will begin his/her first day on July 1, 2023.

For more information, please contact Kaylee Bolt, ESD 123 Human Resource Director at (509) 544-5777.