Looking Back –Looking Ahead     Lessons from the field
•White  Pass SchoolDistrict
Takhlakh Lake
Packwood Lake
•Geographically                   quite large                   •Three distinct                   •communities (all       ...
Applied for a job    Began to look                                          Interview in   as an internal     for jobs wit...
Finishing                                   Demolition ofNegotiations     construction on                                 ...
   August 16, 2011When you have one new boardmember…
Closing some chapters in thedistrict’s history…
…and writing new ones.
   Join, join, join    ◦ Trail riders club    ◦ Theater supporters    ◦ Friends of the museum   Attend, attend, attend  ...
   November 8, 2011The board that hires you…
Situations arose in                           which:                           •    I had no previous                     ...
Some dogs can’t help withcougars…
Confidence Scale      43.5          3                                  3              2.5                      2.5        ...
   Seek out help when    needed; you aren‟t   Sources    alone                •OSPI                           • Technical...
I have taken breaks. Realones. Not the “watch a videoWHILE you read email” kind.
   Pace setting                    Negotiations                    Strategic planning                    Board relatio...
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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
  • Looking back and looking forward[1]

    1. 1. Looking Back –Looking Ahead Lessons from the field
    2. 2. •White Pass SchoolDistrict
    3. 3. Takhlakh Lake
    4. 4. Packwood Lake
    5. 5. •Geographically quite large •Three distinct •communities (all unincorporated) • Glenoma • Randle • Packwood •Decreased enrollment in the last decade •Significant superintendent turnoverDistrict Context
    6. 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. 7. Finishing Demolition ofNegotiations construction on two schools a new school Hiring staff And then…There’s no “easing in…”
    8. 8.  August 16, 2011When you have one new boardmember…
    9. 9. Closing some chapters in thedistrict’s history…
    10. 10. …and writing new ones.
    11. 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. 12.  November 8, 2011The board that hires you…
    13. 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. 14. Some dogs can’t help withcougars…
    15. 15. Confidence Scale 43.5 3 3 2.5 2.5 2 1.5 1Mind the dip and keep going!
    16. 16.  Seek out help when needed; you aren‟t Sources alone •OSPI • Technical Assistance • Compliance •ESDs • Fiscal • PD •Attorney •Superintendents •WSSDA •Mentors
    17. 17. I have taken breaks. Realones. Not the “watch a videoWHILE you read email” kind.
    18. 18.  Pace setting  Negotiations  Strategic planning  Board relationshipsMy greatest upcoming challenges

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