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Looking back and looking forward[1]


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  • About a monthlong process between first interview in Washougal and signing contract
  • Show plan for school monument
  • Show newspaper
  • Never lived in a school boundary in which I worked before…different being in a small town and seen ALL the timeHad to make a tough choice re: the football gameTimothy at fourth of july
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    • 1. Looking Back –Looking Ahead Lessons from the field
    • 2. •White Pass SchoolDistrict
    • 3. Takhlakh Lake
    • 4. Packwood Lake
    • 5. •Geographically quite large •Three distinct •communities (all unincorporated) • Glenoma • Randle • Packwood •Decreased enrollment in the last decade •Significant superintendent turnoverDistrict Context
    • 6. Applied for a job Began to look Interview in as an internal for jobs with White Pass: two candidate: one specific sided sided attributes Didn‟t get the Not place bound Offered job job but not limitless Wanted another Should I stay or Negotiated interview and should I try to contract and ultimately a go? made the move positionMy path to today
    • 7. Finishing Demolition ofNegotiations construction on two schools a new school Hiring staff And then…There’s no “easing in…”
    • 8.  August 16, 2011When you have one new boardmember…
    • 9. Closing some chapters in thedistrict’s history…
    • 10. …and writing new ones.
    • 11.  Join, join, join ◦ Trail riders club ◦ Theater supporters ◦ Friends of the museum Attend, attend, attend ◦ Games ◦ Community events (fire hall breakfast, pet ministry breakfast) ◦ Senior luncheons Be visibleBecoming a community member
    • 12.  November 8, 2011The board that hires you…
    • 13. Situations arose in which: • I had no previous knowledge upon which to draw • Google couldn‟t help me • WSDDA did not have any recommended policies or sample letters • I had to figure it out…fastI‟ve had my share of “cougar”moments (and I am not talking aboutthe „cougs).
    • 14. Some dogs can’t help withcougars…
    • 15. Confidence Scale 43.5 3 3 2.5 2.5 2 1.5 1Mind the dip and keep going!
    • 16.  Seek out help when needed; you aren‟t Sources alone •OSPI • Technical Assistance • Compliance •ESDs • Fiscal • PD •Attorney •Superintendents •WSSDA •Mentors
    • 17. I have taken breaks. Realones. Not the “watch a videoWHILE you read email” kind.
    • 18.  Pace setting  Negotiations  Strategic planning  Board relationshipsMy greatest upcoming challenges