Friday, March 30, 2012

UPDATED: LW School Board superintendent selection process was lacking.

UPDATED:  Jon Holmen, LWSD administrator ran for Olympia School District superintendent as one of three finalists  The job was posted on December 6, 2011 after Superintendent Bill Lahmann announced his retirement on November 2, 2011. The selection was made in March, only four months later.

Holmen was selected following a national search that resulted in 30 applicants Of those, 21 were educators from Washington and five were called for preliminary interviews before the board. The board then selected three finalists, who each spent a day in the district March 20, 21,and 22 for meetings with employees, community members, and student. The winning candidate was selected late in March.

The LW School Board's process was less transparent, took much longer and was less engaging. Jon Holman was never considered.   LWSD Board of Directors interviewed and selected their finalist behind the closed doors of Executive Sessions.  Closed Government.  The Board selected only one finalist, Traci Pierce so the public had no choice or basis for comparison.  Pierce attended four "meet and greets" as the Board's "preferred" and only candidate.  In addition, over 40 district residents took a survey.  Read More >>

Jon Holmen, as Special Services administrator reporting to Deputy Superintendent Traci Pierce was one of three finalists running for the vacant superintendent's job at Olympia School District in Olympia, WA. Mr. Holmen, 38, has been with the LW district since 2007. This was learned from a story by reporter Linda Pemberton of the Olympian Education Blog.  I emailed Jon to learn verify and learn more.

On March 21, 2012. Jon Holman responded::   
"Thank you for taking the time to reach out to me with your questions. I am almost 2 years into my [educational leadership] program at Seattle Pacific University. I will complete my Superintendent credential this coming June and hope to finish my doctoral studies sometime in 2014. LWSD uses the title Coordinator which is not generally an administrative position in other districts. To better specify my role within the district the term administrator more broadly defines my work".
As for my history with Lake Washington, I started in 1999 as a teacher. Additionally I have served as an elementary assistant principal (Sandburg and McAuliffe), elementary principal (Smith) and am currently in my role in the central office."
According to Permberton, "he was recently promoted to Lake Washington’s Director of School Support for the Redmond area next year, and is scheduled to complete his superintendent credential in June."  Read More>>

“I’m not currently pursuing other positions,” he said. “I’m in good standing with Lake Washington and they encouraged me in this pursuit.”  

Opinion and Report by Bob Yoder
March 30, 2012

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