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Evergreen school district appoints interim superintendent

John Boyd will start once contract negotiations are complete

By , Columbian staff writer

The Evergreen Board of Directors appointed John Boyd the new interim superintendent of schools in a special meeting Tuesday night.

He will begin his position in the beginning of 2022 pending the completion of contract negotiations.

Boyd previously worked as the superintendent at Quincy School District in Central Washington for eight years. Prior to that, he began his career as a paraeducator. He has experience at the administrative level in Highline Public Schools and Seattle Public Schools.

Board president Victoria Bradford said the board met with Boyd a few weeks ago and was impressed with his maturity and personable demeanor.

“He’s coming in with great experience and the potential to be a great superintendent,” Bradford said.

She said two other applicants came forward but weren’t what the district was seeking at the moment. She said they were looking for a serious leader rather than a placeholder for a more permanent candidate.

Board member Rob Perkins said he had hoped more applicants would come forward but understood that the process needed to move along quickly.

Rachael Rogers, who was the lone dissenting vote at the board’s previous meeting where it announced the firing without cause of former superintendent Mike Merlino, was not present at Tuesday’s meeting.

“I am excited for the challenge. Evergreen has made great strides in improving student growth and outcomes over the last decade,” Boyd said in a press release from Evergreen on Tuesday night. “We need to now refocus the work of the district on that instructional base, and support the schools in moving forward.”