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Soap Lake School District #156 

410 Ginkgo St S

Soap Lake, WA 98851


509.246.0669 Fax


For Immediate Release


February 2, 2018


Contact:          Mike Parker

                        McPherson & Jacobson L.L.C.






Soap Lake, WA – The consultants of McPherson & Jacobson L.L.C., have completed Phases I & II of the superintendent search process. These phases include work with the school board and with the community to identify criteria for a new superintendent in the Soap Lake School District. The top criteria, as determined by the Board, are:


  • A caring, personable, passionate and self-confident educational leader who possesses exemplary interpersonal skills and has demonstrated the ability to make positive connections with all students, school staff and the community.
  • A collaborative leader and team player who motivates and inspires others to perform at their very best and one who is also accessible and approachable to others.
  • A professional educator who understands the elements of effective school systems and sound school finance and has the skills and confidence to effect change when appropriate.
  • Demonstrate a willingness and desire to be visible in the schools, attend school events and be a contributor to the community of Soap Lake.
  • Possesses strong organizational and decision making skills with the ability to make decisions based upon input, analysis and what is best for students.


The superintendent’s position will be advertised with Washington Association of School Administrators website, Washington State School Directors Association website, McPherson & Jacobson L.L.C. website, and professional associations throughout the United States.


On February 1, 2018, Mike Parker met with the Board of Directors to review the stakeholder input summary, begin writing interview questions, and discuss the logistics of the interview process.


The deadline for submitting application materials is February 22, 2018. After that date, the consultants will begin reviewing the completed files and evaluating the candidates against the established criteria. The consultants will be conducting extensive background checks on the candidates.


On, March 19, 2018, the consultants will meet with the Board of Directors to review candidates and assist the Board as it selects final candidates to be interviewed.


After the superintendent has been hired, Mike Parker will facilitate a Board/Superintendent workshop to assist in the establishment of performance objectives for the new superintendent.