SKHS principal accepts position in Gig Harbor

The South Kitsap School District announced Friday that South Kitsap High School Principal Dave Colombini has accepted the position of principal at Kopachuck Middle School in the Peninsula School District.

Colombini has been in charge of the roughly 2,500 students who attend the high school, the largest in the state, since 1998.

He was appointed to his new post on March 22 by the Peninsula School District board of directors.

Colombini will replace Jay Reifel, who will retire at the end of the school year.

“My years at South have been rich with relationships and opportunities to work with highly professional staff, extraordinary students and a caring community,” Colombini said. “I will always be grateful for my years with South Kitsap School District.”

Colombini was hired in 1997 to serve as the assistant principal at SKHS. The following year he was promoted to principal.

He earned his bachelor’’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University and his master’s degree from City University.

“Dave has been a strong advocate for SKHS and its students for the past eight years, and I am grateful for his leadership and efforts to continually work to improve a fine school,” said Superintendent Bev Cheney. “I wish him the very best in his new endeavor.”

Representatives of the district said they will begin looking for Colombini’s replacement immediately, to provide candidates here in the region, the state and nationally a chance to apply for the position.

There will be ample opportunity for teachers, staff, students, parents and community members to assist in the process.

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