School Board Selects Next Superintendent

Tahoma School Board Nominates Ginger Callison, Ed. D. as Next Superintendent
Posted on 02/14/2024

The Tahoma School Board on Wednesday, Feb. 14 unanimously nominated Ginger Callison, Ed. D. as their selection for Tahoma School District’s next superintendent. The board and Dr. Callison will move forward with contract negotiations. The superintendent contract officially begins July 1, 2024, and Dr. Callison plans to spend a significant amount of time in the community and the schools prior to the end of June.

“I want to thank the Tahoma community for engaging with me, asking tough questions, and being honest about the district’s strengths and needs,” said Callison. “Your commitment to children and their education is clear, and it gives me the confidence that I can step into this role and succeed because of your partnership. I’m excited to connect further, to listen closely, and to work alongside you as we make courageous decisions to support every Tahoma student.”

Earlier in the day, the board conducted a site visit at Snoqualmie Valley School District, Callison’s current employer, where she serves as Asst. Superintendent, Teaching & Learning. The board also conducted a site visit at Bellevue School District, the current employer for finalist Heather Sanchez, Ed. D.

“Our board is very grateful to have found an excellent candidate in Dr. Callison,” said Tahoma School Board President Michael Wiggins. “She has composed an impressive career leading to this opportunity, and her talent, integrity, and passion for the success of every student make for a great fit in Tahoma.”

The board began its search process in Sept. 2023 with the recruitment of a national search firm. After selecting HYA on Oct. 23, the board and HYA began the engagement phase which included focus groups, forum opportunities, and stakeholder interviews. The job application closed on Jan. 12, with 29 total applicants. The board paper screened applicants and identified seven semi-finalists who were interviewed in executive session on Jan. 24, and narrowed the search to three finalists at that time. On Feb. 6, the three finalists visited multiple Tahoma schools, engaged in several stakeholder discussions, and participated in both a staff-wide and community-wide forum. The board advanced Callison and Sanchez to the next stage before conducting Wednesday’s site visits.

“Our board is confident in our decision in part because of the thorough and extensive process that HYA helped lead us through, and our community’s engagement in the process,” Wiggins said. “We received input from hundreds of invested parents, staff, students and partners, and we made this decision together as a Tahoma community. We’re very grateful for the commitment to finding an incredible candidate in Dr. Callison.”

In their public meeting on Wednesday, the board also thanked Sanchez for her participation in the process, as well as the Bellevue School District, and the Snoqualmie Valley School District for accommodating the board’s site visits to their districts. The board will provide further updates on Callison’s entry plan following contract negotiations.

For more information on the hiring process, see the Superintendent Search Hub.

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