The Clarkston School District is seeking a new high school principal after Eric Anderson resigned Monday to accept the same post at Wenatchee High School.

The school board accepted Anderson's resignation at its meeting Monday evening and set a timeline for selecting his replacement.

The position will be posted Wednesday with a May 13 application deadline. A community meeting to collect public input is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 5 in the Clarkston High School library.

Winter said interviews will take place May 19 and he hopes to have a recommendation for the board May 25. He said he expects the search will include candidates both from inside and outside the district.

"We want to find the next principal before the school year ends," he said.

Anderson has been principal of Clarkston High School for four years. His resignation is effective June 30. He was not at Monday's meeting.

Winter and board President Greg Castellaw expressed appreciation for Anderson's service to the district, noting the district's loss would be Wenatchee's gain.

In other business Monday:

  • The district's buildings were among the concerns for district employees and patrons who completed the first round of a series of online community surveys, Winter said.

The board approved a three-year, $22,000 contract for the online survey system, called Thought Exchange, earlier this year.

The initial set of questions was broad, Winter said, with participants being asked what they were concerned about and what they appreciated about the district.

He said facilities appeared to be on many survey participants' minds.

"That came out loud and clear in the concerns part," he said.

The next step of the survey process will be in September, Winter said, with a set of more specific questions.

  • The district is set to test the same elementary school math curriculum, designed to meet the new Common Core state standards, for a second year in a row.

The board voted to waive a policy Monday that states the district can pilot a curriculum for no more than one school year. Teaching and learning Director Jim Fry said he would like to once again use a free version of the math curriculum, called EngageNY, for Clarkston's kindergarten through fifth-grade students.

Trying new curricula is necessary as schools move toward meeting the new standards, he said, but at the same time the district isn't ready to formally adopt this one yet.

"We're in a really big transition time," Fry said. "And it's a struggle."

  • The board approved the purchase of a new International school bus for $129,000, replacing a 1997 bus with 233,000 miles on it.


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