Do you have what it takes?

Apply By May 10

What We Are Looking For


The Kennewick School District Board of Directors is looking for an outstanding superintendent who wants to make Kennewick their home.

The person selected will be the Deputy Superintendent for the 2019-20 school year, working alongside the current superintendent until he retires.

To receive full consideration, please apply by May 10, 2019. The position is open until filled.

Challenges & Opportunities

The ability to manage change in a district with rapid student population growth that has affected facilities, instruction and culture of the district.

The ability to engage the community and staff to ensure the district’s strategic plan remains fresh and forward-thinking.

Maintain and enhance the student focused programs and priorities established by the school board, staff and community.

Maintain strong collaboration between the district and the community, booster clubs, agencies, law enforcement, fire department and city government.

Maintain safe schools and safe classrooms.

Apply fiscal responsibility with the implementation of the State’s new funding model.

Hire and lead a high functioning Cabinet Leadership Team.

Professional Qualifications


  • Strong fiscal background including experience with levy and bond elections.
  • Demonstrated success in enhancing relationships and inspiring support from staff and all groups and members of the community.
  • Fully understands the impact the McCleary legislation has on school districts and future fiscal stability.
  • A strong academic focus with a thorough understanding of instructional design and teaching strategies.
  • Demonstrated successful leadership experience at the principal/building level and at the district office level.
  • Demonstrated success working with labor unions in a proactive and collaborative manner.
  • Experience maintaining and enhancing academic performance and maintaining high standards.
  • Demonstrated successful superintendent experience preferred.
  • Excellent communications skills including fluent written and verbal skills.
  • A leader who understands and values inclusion and diversity.


A contract will be negotiated with a competitive salary commensurate with the scope of the responsibilities.

Application Procedures

For full consideration, application materials are due May 10, 2019.

The district retains the right to accept applications until the position is filled.

A completed application packet should include the following:

A formal letter of application

A completed application form (request from Dr. Bill Jordan or Dr. Dennis Ray)

A current resume

Five to seven letters of recommendation

A written statement explaining how you plan to address each of the leadership opportunities and challenges noted in this vacancy announcement

Send a hard copy AND electronic copy of all the application materials to the following address:

Northwest Leadership Associates
779 Village Way
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Questions and/or requests for application materials may be made to:

Dr. Bill Jordan
(509) 520-8069

Dr. Dennis Ray
(509) 979-5561


Monday, April 8

Superintendent Qualifications Focus Groups Board Rooms B & C, Administration Center, 1000 W. 4th Avenue

Friday, May 10

Application Deadline

Tuesday, May 21

Preliminary candidate Interviews by School Board w/group observation – Administration Center, 1000 W. 4th Avenue

Friday, May 24

School Board meets in Executive Session to select finalists. Administration Center, 1000 W. 4th Avenue

Tuesday, May 28

Finalist Visit Day - #1 School visits, meeting with community and staff, interview with school board in Executive Session.
Thursday, May 30

Finalist Visit Day - #2 School visits, meeting with community and staff, interview with School Board in Executive Session.

May 31 to June 3
Hiring decision announced.
Monday, July 1

Deputy Superintendent begins work.

Our District

The Kennewick School District is a dynamic, growing public school system — the largest in the Mid-Columbia and in all of southeastern Washington More than 19,000 students are enrolled in our 32 schools and learning programs, with a trend of steady enrollment growth in recent years that’s expected to continue. We employ a strong staff of more than 3,500 people, including 1,320-plus certificated and 1,180-plus classified workers, with an annual budget of approximately $252 million. We’re committed to safety, to the academic achievement of all of our students, and to preparing our students to be successful in post-secondary education, work and life. We do that through innovation and creativity, through harnessing technology and best practices, and through the passion and dedication of our top-tier staff.

We also benefit from a steadfast Kennewick community. Our Kennewick citizens have a long history of supporting our bonds and levies. In February 2019, our latest bond — which was our largest ever — passed with nearly 63 percent voter approval. The $125 million package will build, replace, remodel and/or expand six schools, including replacing our oldest high school, Kennewick High. We’re located in the Tri-Cities, Wash., a growing metropolitan area known for its 300 days of sunshine a year, its abundant outdoor recreation opportunities, its burgeoning arts and culture offerings, and its family-friendly lifestyle. Kennewick is within about 3 ½ hours of both Seattle and Portland.


To provide a safe environment in which every student reaches his or her highest potential and graduates well prepared for success in post-secondary education, work, and life.

North Star Goals

Our first priority is the safety of Kennewick School District students and staff.

  • Ninety percent of students report that they feel safe at school on our annual student safety survey.
  • Annually, reportable injuries by staff are held to fewer than 40, and accepted claims are held to fewer than 45.

Our commitment is to the academic achievement of all students.

  • Eighty percent of incoming kindergarten students enter prepared for kindergarten as measured by the district’s Kindergarten Readiness Test.
  • Ninety percent of third graders read at grade level by the end of their third grade year.
  • Seventy-five percent of students who are below grade level in reading and math are caught up within three years.
  • Algebra 1-2 will become the standard eighth grade math class and 90 percent of students in grades three through 10 meet grade-level standards in math.
  • The Kennewick School District is in the 75th percentile of all districts in achieving growth for its students.

Our focus is to graduate all students prepared for post-secondary education, work, and life.

  • The five-year cohort graduation rate for the district is at least 90 percent.
  • Students continue to have opportunities to participate in co-curricular programs and both competitive and non-competitive extra-curricular programs.
  • Eighty-five percent of parents state that Kennewick School District provided their student with the opportunity to prepare for their declared post-secondary education, training, and work objectives.

Our pledge is to employ a world-class staff and operate in a fiscally sound, customer-focused manner.

  • Professional development, training, and growth opportunities for staff are offered on a continual basis.
  • The Kennewick School District maintains an unreserved, undesignated fund balance that is at least five percent of the total budget.

Board of Directors

President - Position 2

Vice President - Position 1

Member - Position 3

Member - Position 4

Legislative Rep - Position 5

3,561 Staff Members

We’re the largest employer in Kennewick and the fifth largest employer in the Tri-Cities.


18,990 Students

KSD is currently the largest school district in Southeast Washington and keeps growing.


Employee Bargaining Groups


Maintenance & Operations
Nutrition Services
Off-Schedule Classified

Paraeducators and Cashiers

Levy & Bond History

Kennewick School District asks voters to decide on bonds to build/remodel buildings and levies to help fund the maintenance and operations of our schools. Bonds require 60 percent approval and levies require 50 percent approval from voters to pass.

Year Type Passed
2019 Bond 62.9%
2018 Levy - Educational Programs 64.9%
2018 Levy - Technology 64.1%
2016 Levy 65.9%
2015 Bond 64.6%
2014 Levy 62.8%
2012 Levy 66.5%

Our Community

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Cost of Living

Cost of Living for Tri-Cities: 97.6

Median home value: $232,700 Median list price per square foot: $147


Days of sunshine a year: 300

Average annual precipitation: 8.3 inches

Average annual snowfall: 6 inches


Median household income for Kennewick - $59,153

Unemployment rate in Tri-Cities - 4.1%

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