• Dr. Robert Manahan Named the Next SVSD Superintendent

    Welcome to the Snoqualmie Valley!

    Posted 5-30-18

    The School Board has selected Dr. Robert Manahan to be the next Snoqualmie Valley School District Superintendent. From an impressive pool of applicants, Dr. Manahan emerged as the top choice to lead the district, starting July 1.

    “We want to thank all the staff, parents, employee groups, students, partners, and community members who participated in the superintendent search process. We appreciate everyone who took time to participate in the process, to submit questions, and provide feedback following the administrative forums and town meetings. Your input was very valuable to the board in making its decision,” said School Board President Carolyn Simpson. 

    On Tuesday, May 29, three finalist candidates were invited back to the District for a second interview with the Board, an administrative forum, and a community Town Meeting, before the Board made the final hiring decision. At a special public meeting in the evening, the Board voted unanimously to extend the offer to Dr. Manahan. 

    Dr. Robert Manahan

    Dr. Manahan is currently superintendent of the Peninsula School District in Gig Harbor, Washington. For more information, read his biography.

    “Dr. Manahan's experience, enthusiasm, and energy is the right fit to be our next superintendent.  He is just the type of visionary leader to work with our strong district leadership to continue progress toward our vision of being the best district in Washington State and our mission of educating every student for college, career, and citizenship.  We look forward to welcoming Dr. Manahan to the Snoqualmie Valley,” added Simpson. 

    The next step in the process is to finalize an employment contract between the Board and Dr. Manahan. The Board will provide an update at its next regular meeting on June 7.

    Dr. Manahan will replace Superintendent Joel Aune, who has been hired to be the executive director of the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), starting this summer.


    Three Finalist Candidates Named in Superintendent Search

    Meet the candidates May 29, 4-6:30 p.m. at Snoqualmie Fire Station…

    Posted May 24, 2018

    The Snoqualmie Valley School District Board of Directors interviewed nine semifinalists in the Superintendent Search process, on Monday and Tuesday this week, May 21 and 22.  During the first-round interviews, a panel of 16 observers watched the interviews and provided written feedback for the Board to consider.

    As a result, the Board has selected the following three finalists to advance in the process.  Listed alphabetically below, click on their names for a photo and biography of each candidate provided by Ray & Associates:

    • Mr. Brett Barley, Deputy State Superintendent of Nevada State Department of Education from Carson City, Nevada
    • Dr. Robert Manahan, Superintendent of Peninsula School District in Gig Harbor, Washington
    • Dr. Rick Robins, Superintendent of Juab School District in Nephi, Utah


    Next Steps:  The finalists have been invited for a second round of interviews with the School Board, next Tuesday, May 29.  District administrators, principals and assistant principals will also have an opportunity to meet each finalist during question and answer forums that day.

    Meet the candidates:  The public and all staff are invited to meet the finalists at Town Hall meetings on May 29, from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Snoqualmie Fire Station.  Attendees will have a chance to meet each finalist, submit questions for the candidates to address, and provide written feedback for the School Board to consider.

    Later that evening, the School Board plans to take action to name the next superintendent for the Snoqualmie Valley School District, during a public School Board special meeting, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the District Office.  The new superintendent hired will be announced on the district website the next morning.

    "The Board was very impressed with the quantity of applicants for this opportunity, and the quality of the semifinalists we interviewed this week.  We want to thank the observers to this process for their time and valuable feedback.  We look forward to continuing our conversations with the finalists on May 29, and considering the feedback from others who meet them at the Town Meetings and Administrative Forums,” said School Board President Carolyn Simpson.  

    Consultants Ray & Associates, who are facilitating the national search, reported the firm had contacted over 1,070 individuals in 47 states since the process began. As a result, 60 candidates applied for the Snoqualmie Valley superintendent position, from which the School Board interviewed nine semi-finalists (six men and three women representing three ethnic groups,) before narrowing the selection to these three finalists.


    Parents, Staff, Students Selected to Observe Superintendent Interviews

    Updated May 14, 2018

    During the May 10 School Board meeting, the Snoqualmie Valley Board of Directors randomly selected five parent volunteers and two alternates, from a lottery drawing, to observe first-round interviews of superintendent candidates. Along with the parent volunteers, 11 others have been selected by stakeholder groups representing teachers, support staff, secretaries, principals, district administration, PTSA, and students. The first round of interviews will take place Monday, May 21, and Tuesday, May 22. Candidates will be interviewed by the School Board, and observers may provide written feedback.

    The parents selected are (alphabetically):  Stephen Kangas, Sinead Mettler, Doreen Moore, Mandi Smith, and Janell Wickersham, with alternates Rene Price (1st), Chris Alef (2nd). Other participants will include:  Nate Ziemkowski (teacher, SVEA), Michelle Pearlstein (secretary, SVASA), Karen Ann Wilder (bus driver, PSE), Greg Hart and John Norberg (principals), Kim Roeber (district office administrative assistant), Dan Schlotfeldt and Ryan Stokes (district administrators), Corrine Alef (PTSA Council), Mallory Golic and Chirag Vedullapalli (students).

    On May 29, finalists will be invited back for interviews with the School Board, and will meet with district administration, principals and assistant principals. All staff, students and community members are invited to Town Hall meetings from 4-6:30 p.m. at Snoqualmie Fire Station. Attendees will have a chance to meet the finalists, submit questions for the candidates to address, and provide written feedback for the School Board to consider. Later that evening, during a School Board special meeting, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the District Office, the Board plans to take action to name the next superintendent.


    Interested candidates:  Please click on the image below for details regarding the Snoqualmie Valley School District Superintendent position and instructions on how to apply directly to Ray & Associates. This job posting closed May 9, 2018. 

    SVSD Superintendent Posting This job posting was posted April 4 - May 9, 2018.

    Search Process Update on Interview Process

    Posted April 25 and updated May 1.  With help from the educational search firm Ray and Associates, the School Board defined additional steps in the interview process at a work session on April 19.

    Community Engagement:  In addition to the Superintendent Search Survey, which helped define the key candidate characteristics for the job posting, there will be two more opportunities for parents, students, staff and community members to provide input into this important decision.  The following activities provide an opportunity for participants to provide feedback to the School Board regarding the top candidates, prior to the Board making the final hiring decision.

    1. Observing First Round Interviews on May 21 and May 22. A group of 16 individuals, representing staff, parents, and students, will have the opportunity to observe first-round interviews and submit written feedback to the Board. The observers will be present during the interviews only, not during Board debriefs or discussions. They will also be asked to sign confidentiality agreements and not disclose any information regarding the interviews or the applicants. Following each interview, the observers may provide written feedback to the Board as to how well the candidates match the desired qualities defined for the next SVSD superintendent. (Click here for the Observer Guidelines.)

    The observer group will be comprised as follows:

    • Eight staff observers will be selected by the following staff groups: SVEA, SVASA, PSE, Administrative Cabinet, principals, and district office administrative assistants.
    • Six parent observers will include one PTSA representative (selected by the PTSAs) and five parent observers (selected through a lottery drawing from those who apply). See lottery details below to sign up by May 9.
    • Two student observers will be determined by the student representatives to the School Board.

    2. Town Hall Meetings on May 29. The public is invited to meet the top candidates, and hear them speak and answer questions during open Town Hall meetings, from 4 - 6:30 p.m. at the Snoqualmie Fire Station.  Feedback forms will be available to share feedback with the School Board.

    Continued Timeline for Selecting SVSD Superintendent:

    • April 25 - May 9 – Parent lottery for observing interviews (see details below)
    • May 10 – Draw parent names from lottery participants, during the regular School Board meeting, to finalize the list of 16 individuals who will observe interviews. Regular School Board meetings typically start at 6:30 p.m. at Snoqualmie City Hall.
    • May 15 – School Board executive session with Ray & Associates to review applications and evaluate merits of candidates for first-round interviews, 12 - 6 p.m.; location: Snoqualmie Fire Station
    • May 21 – Executive session to interview candidates (first-round interviews with selected observers), 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; location: Atrium Meeting Room, Salish Lodge
    • May 22 – Executive session to interview candidates (first-round interviews with selected observers) and evaluate merits of candidates for final interviews, 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.; location: Atrium Meeting Room, Salish Lodge
    • May 23 – Post announcement of finalist superintendent candidates selected for second-round interviews
    • May 29
      • School Board executive session 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. (finalist interviews 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., discussion 3 - 6 p.m., review public feedback from Town Hall meetings and evaluate merits of candidates 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.); location: District Office Conference Room
      • Town Hall meetings, 4 - 6:30 p.m. at the Snoqualmie Fire Station. The public is invited to meet finalists and provide feedback to the Board.
      • Special School Board meeting for School Board action to select superintendent, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.; location: District Office Board Room
    • May 30 – Post announcement of superintendent choice

    NOTE:  Executive sessions are not open to the public, as defined by law.

    Parents:  Are you interested in applying for the lottery?

    Five parents (plus three parent alternates) will be selected through a lottery process for the opportunity to observe the first-round superintendent interviews and provide written feedback to the School Board.  Please click here to fully understand the observer requirements and commitment of participation.  If you agree to these guidelines, are available both May 21 and May 22 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and would like to participate, please sign up for the lottery as follows:

    Send an email to siteadmin@svsd410.org with the subject:  Parent Observer Lottery.  In the body of the message, please confirm your interest in participation and include your name, email address, phone number, and schools your students attend.  Submissions are due before Wednesday, May 9, at 4 p.m.


    Search Process Update following the April 3 School Board Meeting

    Posted April 4, 2018:  Consultants from Ray and Associates presented the results of the community survey and stakeholder meetings, to help identify the key attributes that will be defined in the job posting. They also presented a draft of the posting, which the Board reviewed and agreed on a couple edits to be incorporated in the final version (posted above). The posting will be open April 4 – May 9.

    Below are resources that Ray & Associates shared during the Board meeting, regarding community feedback and a revised timeline showing next steps.


    SVSD Superintendent Search Process and Community Survey

    Posted March 19, 2018:  The search and selection process to hire the next superintendent for the Snoqualmie Valley School District began mid-March, following Superintendent Joel Aune’s announced plans to take another position at the end of the school year. The School Board is partnering with Ray and Associates, a national educational executive search firm, to conduct a broad search and thorough selection process, to name the next SVSD superintendent by mid-June.

    Community Engagement:  There will be opportunities for the staff, students, parents and community members to have input into this important process. At the beginning of the process, input gathered through a survey (see below), focus groups, and community meetings will be used to help define the position profile and desired selection criteria for an ideal candidate. Ultimately, the School Board makes the final decision on hiring the next superintendent of Snoqualmie Valley School District.

    SURVEY:  To participate, please take a brief survey now Share what leadership qualities, expertise and experiences matter most to you in a superintendent.  (Survey closed April 2.)

    MEETINGS:  Four public meetings are scheduled to gather input from parents and community members. These meetings will take place at the Snoqualmie Fire Station (37600 Snoqualmie Pkwy, Snoqualmie, WA 98065).

    • Monday, March 26 – 10-11 a.m.
    • Monday, March 26 – 6-7 p.m.
    • Tuesday, March 27 – 10-11 a.m.
    • Tuesday, March 27 – 6-7 p.m.

    Timeline for Hiring Process of the SVSD Superintendent:

    • March 19 - April 2 – Online survey
    • March 26-27 – Staff, student and community meetings for input into profile
    • April 4 – Position posted
    • May 9 – Position closes
    • May 10-31 – Screening candidates, interviews, and reference checks
    • Late May – Announcement of finalists
    • Early June – Selection of new superintendent

    The new superintendent would officially begin July 1, 2018. 

    Superintendent Joel Aune will continue serving the Snoqualmie Valley School District through June 30, 2018, after which he will be the Executive Director of the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), based in Olympia.  Click here for Aune’s announcement on March 6.