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May 31, 2019

Meet Our Next Superintendent

Dr. Traci Pierce will lead the Kennewick School District as its next superintendent.

The Kennewick School District Board of Directors selected her during a special meeting on Thursday, May 30, as the successor to longtime Superintendent Dave Bond. Dr. Pierce initially will serve as deputy superintendent alongside Bond, starting July 1. She will then take over as superintendent when Bond retires during the next school year.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to serve Kennewick students and the community,” stated Dr. Pierce. “I am honored to be selected and can’t wait to get started working with Mr. Bond and the leadership team.”

Dr. Pierce has spent 24 years in the Lake Washington School District, which is the third-largest district in the state with nearly 30,000 students. 

She was superintendent for six years, leading the Seattle area district through a period of transformational enrollment growth while also shepherding it through a successful switch to a K-5 elementary, 6-8 middle school and four-year high school system and overseeing development of a long-term facility strategy and funding plan that led to three successful levy and bond campaigns.

Dr. Pierce joined the Lake Washington district as a teacher, and then became an assistant principal, principal, instructional technology coordinator, teaching and learning director, chief schools officer and deputy superintendent before moving into the superintendent post.

Last year, she transitioned to director of college and career readiness.

“After using a comprehensive competitive screening and interview process, the board is pleased to select Dr. Pierce and welcome her to our school district and into our community,” stated Dawn Adams, school board president. “We want to thank our staff, students and community members for participating and providing input during the search process.”

She added, “Dr. Pierce brings experience as a superintendent in a large, growing district, a record of maintaining a focus on instruction, and a history of building positive, productive, functional relationships. We look forward to working with her.”

Dr. Pierce holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies and a superintendent certificate from the University of Washington, as well as a master’s degree in educational leadership from City University in Bellevue. 

She and her husband, Sherman, have been married for almost 27 years.