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Michelle Reid is new superintendent of South Kitsap School District
The third time was a charm.
In her third attempt to become a superintendent, Michelle Reid was named to head the district by an unanimous vote of the School Board during its Feb. 20 meeting at Cedar Heights Middle School.
Michelle Reid, 53, has been assistant superintendent of the in the 3,968-student Port Angeles School District since 2004. Depending on contract negotiations, Reid will begin was as superintendent of the 10,653-student district this summer for the 2013-2014 school year.
Last year, Reid was finalist as interim superintendent for the district, by the Board selected former superintendent Beverly Cheney to fill in for a year after Dave LaRose, who left in July to become the superintendent in California’s Culver City Unified School District. Last March, Reid was a finalist for the Olympia School District superintendent position.
After a 5 p.m. meeting in Port Angeles, Reid and her husband, Terry, drove nearly two hour to make it to the School Board meeting. They arrived about 7 p.m.
“I’m thrilled and honored to be part of a great district,” Reid said after she was selected. “I’m excited to be on board and that you put your faith in me.”
Reid said the people, quality, and reputation of the district are solid.
“They have a great reputation and it something people want to be a part of,” Reid said during an interview at the School Board meeting.
Reid said she feel she can bring “energy, passion and a love for children” to the district.
“I’ll bring some new ideas and build on the strong traditions that are already here,” she said.
Port Angeles Superintendent Jane Pryne said she feels Reid will be an asset to SKSD.
“Her leadership will be a tremendous asset to South Kitsap,” Pryne said, “They are very fortunate to have her at the helm. After 28 years with the Port Angeles School District, her departure will be felt by all of us on both a personal and a professional level. We are a stronger district because of her leadership, and we are anticipating her having the same impact on South Kitsap as their superintendent.”
Reid began her work with the Port Angeles School District in July 1985 as assistant principal at Port Angeles High School. In addition, she served as principal of Choice Community School, now known as Lincoln High School, concurrently. She took over the helm as principal of Port Angeles High School in 2000 through 2004, and then was appointed assistant superintendent for the Port Angeles School District.
Last year Dr. Reid advanced to her current position of deputy associate superintendent, overseeing student discipline hearings; elementary and secondary programs and principal evaluation and supervision; learning support teachers coordinator; administrative intern coordination; instructional leadership team meetings; iGrants management; continuous school improvement planning and reporting; collective bargaining; new teacher institute; instruction; and professional development for instructional staff.
Most recently, Reid was appointed to head the newly formed Long-Range Facilities Advisory Committee.
Before coming to Port Angeles, she served coach, physical education and science teacher, and athletic director the Granite Falls School District.
Reid earned her doctorate in educational Leadership in 2012 and Master of Education in Educational Administration in 1985, both from the University of Washington. She received a Bachelor in Science degree in Natural Science/Chemistry from the University of Puget Sound in 1980.
She was also appointed to the Washington Learns Task Force on education reform in 2005 by Gov. Chris Gregoire.
She and her husband, Terry, have four children.