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Assistant superintendent leaving South Kitsap School District

South Kitsap School District assistant superintendent for human resources Greg Roberts said he is leaving to take a similar position with the Seattle Fire Department.

His final day with the district is Oct. 5.

In his new position, Roberts will work outside of public education for the first time since 1991. Roberts was beginning his 12th year in SKSD and he previously worked in the Franklin Pierce and Bremerton school districts.

“I have not lived in Seattle, but I was excited about change and the opportunity,” he said. “The fire department is one of the best in the country.”

Roberts, 62, lives in Gig Harbor and said he and his wife, Jackie, have not decided whether they will relocate. She teaches math at Kopachuck Middle School in Gig Harbor.

His new position, Roberts said, is “pretty similar in size” as SKSD as SFD has a little more than 1,000 employees. He said the position, which entails working with firefighters and other SFD employees, is similar to his current position.

According to the Spokesman-Review newspaper of Spokane, Roberts had a $124,117 salary for the 2011-12 school year with bonuses and stipends and insurance benefits bringing his compensation to $149,219.

Before spending the last 21 years in education, Roberts worked in the private sector. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Loyola University in Los Angeles and his master’s from City University.

“I’ve worked for two great leaders in Dave LaRose and Bev Cheney,” Roberts said. “I work with a great group of colleagues. We worked hard to make sure we hire the best and retain the best teachers to serve our kids.”

Interim superintendent Beverly Cheney said the district is looking at a couple of external candidates to fill Roberts’ role on an interim basis.

“He really has become part of the South Kitsap family,” said Cheney, who previously worked with Roberts when she was the district’s superintendent from 2001-08. “He will be missed.”

Roberts is the latest in a series of departures in SKSD’s administrative building. Superintendent Dave LaRose left to accept a similar position in July in California’s Culver City Unified School District, which is smaller than SKSD. LaRose’s oldest daughter recently graduated from UCLA, while his young daughter is attending Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. He said he and his wife decided to move to live closer to their daughters.

LaRose’s departure followed the death of deputy superintendent Kurt Wagner in April. Director of School and Family support Dave Colombini moved to assistant superintendent of instructional services, while South Kitsap High School assistant principal Frank Sullivan fills his former role. Both moves are expected to last for this school year as the district seeks Wagner’s successor.

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