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March 27, 2019

Superintendent Bond to Retire in 2020

Superintendent Dave Bond announced at the March 27 school board meeting that he will retire at the end of the 2019-20 school year.

Bond has led the Kennewick School District as its superintendent since 2008 — managing the financial health and operations of the largest employer in Kennewick, with more than 2,700 staff members, while also shepherding it to new heights in terms of student achievement.

Under Bond’s leadership, the district’s five-year cohort graduation rate for its comprehensive high schools has risen to over 90 percent.

Meanwhile, the district has averaged over 86 percent of its third-graders meeting the third grade reading goals, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate enrollments have risen, and most students now are taking high school-level math while still in eighth grade.

In addition, the Kennewick School District is in the 75th percentile of all districts in achieving growth for students as measured by its Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test scores. Opportunities for extracurricular activities have also increased during Bond's time.

“Most of what we’ve accomplished over the past 11 years has been due to the phenomenal teachers, administrators and staff in our schools,” Bond said. “I’ve had the privilege to work alongside of some of the best, brightest and hardest working educators in the country.”

Bond also has guided Kennewick schools through a period of transformational enrollment growth, with more than 19,000 students now taking classes in the district, up from about 15,400 when he became superintendent. Under his leadership, the district has built, remodeled or replaced 16 schools to keep pace with that growth — and it has prepared for continued growth in the future.

The district in February passed a $125 million bond that will replace the aging Kennewick High School, expand Kamiakin and Southridge high schools, complete the replacement and expansion of Amistad Elementary School, replace or remodel Ridge View Elementary School and build the district’s 18th elementary school in a high-growth area.

The district also is financially healthy, with a continued focus on its No. 1 priority of student and staff safety. Eighty-seven percent of Kennewick students report feeling safe at school.

“Dave has been a truly exceptional leader for Kennewick School District and will be difficult to replace,” stated Dawn Adams, school board president. “We are pleased that he has agreed to work another year while we transition the leadership in the district.”

Bond began working in Kennewick in 2001, holding other administrative positions before becoming superintendent, including assistant superintendent for secondary education from 2006-2008, and principal of Kamiakin High School from 2001-2006.

Before coming to Kennewick, he worked in the Richland School District as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal at Hanford High.

District begins search for next leader

The district will start the search for a successor to the superintendent immediately. The person selected as the next superintendent will be the Deputy Successor Superintendent for the 2019-20 school year, working alongside the current superintendent until he retires.

The school board has engaged the services of Northwest Leadership Associates, a school leader recruitment firm, to recruit, screen and guide the district through the interview and hiring process over the coming weeks.

Everyone is invited to provide input about the qualities and characteristics they would like to see in the next superintendent through an online survey at: http://bit.ly/kennewicksupsurvey.

The district will also provide staff, students and community members the opportunity to attend focus groups to contribute their input in person. 

Below is a projected timeline of the hiring process:

April 8 - Superintendent qualifications focus groups (Administration Center, 1000 W. 4th Ave.)

  • 9:00 a.m. - Cabinet members
  • 10:00 a.m. - Administration Center staff
  • 11:00 a.m. - Superintendent's Student Advisory Council
  • 2:00 p.m. - School principals, assistant principals, directors, supervisors
  • 3:00 p.m. - Community leaders
  • 3:45 p.m. – Classified staff members
  • 4:30 p.m. – Certificated staff members
  • 5:15 p.m. – Community members

May 10 - Application deadline
May 16 - School board meets to screen applicants
May 21 and 23 - Preliminary candidate interviews
May 28 – 31 - Finalist visits and interviews
May 31 to June 3 - Hiring decision announced
July 1 – Deputy Successor Superintendent begins work

*Dates are subject to change.