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November 14, 2019

Superintendent Transition Plan Announced

Kennewick School District Board of Directors announced that Superintendent Dave Bond will retire on Dec. 31 and that Dr. Traci Pierce will officially take over leadership responsibilities on Jan. 1.

“I appreciate the school board providing Dr. Pierce and me the time needed to ensure a smooth transition of district operations,” stated Mr. Bond. “During the past several months, I have come to know Dr. Pierce as an incredibly bright, competent and fast-learning leader. I feel confident that she is more than ready to take over the reins of the district and that I am leaving the district in good hands.”

Mr. 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 and 19,000 students, while also shepherding it to new heights in terms of student achievement.

Dr. Pierce, who was selected by the board last spring to be the next superintendent, has been working as the deputy superintendent since the start of the school year. She and Mr. Bond have been working with the school board to develop a transition and entry plan that ensures a smooth leadership transition for the district.

Read more about the Superintendent’s Transition & Entry Plan: https://bit.ly/34HpWpP

Board President Dawn Adams said Mr. Bond will be missed, but the district is in good hands moving forward. “Dave’s steady and unwavering leadership has provided a strong foundation for delivering education services to meet our diverse and growing community needs.”

“With Dave’s departure, we expect a smooth transition and welcome Dr. Pierce into the superintendent role. Traci brings a wealth of experience having served as superintendent in a larger district with similar complexities. We look forward to maintaining steady operations and continuing to build on our foundation for the future under her leadership,” Mrs. Adams said.

Dr. Pierce added that it has been a privilege to work alongside Mr. Bond the past few months. “I am honored to follow in his footsteps and continue to build on Kennewick’s tradition of excellence and commitment to serving students and families. During the past several months, I have had the opportunity to learn about the district, and I am impressed by the professionalism and dedication of Kennewick School District staff, teachers and administrators. I am proud to be part of the KSD team and the Kennewick community, and I am excited for our future.”

Community members, staff and students are invited to a retirement reception for Mr. Bond from 3 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 19 at the Administration Center at 1000 W. 4th Ave., Kennewick.