Former Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb called serving as the district’s leader for 13 years “an honor of a lifetime” and said he plans to remain in Vancouver and forever be a champion for the city’s students and its schools in a letter addressed to the community he personally sent to The Columbian on Wednesday.
Webb’s 674-word letter did not discuss his abrupt placement on leave and subsequent early retirement.
Instead, he highlighted achievements he said the district made under his watch, including passing eight levies and bonds, a 1:1 technology initiative, mobilizing partner services and financial support to Family-Community Resource Centers, and increasing on-time graduation rates. Webb joined the district in 2006 as deputy superintendent and became superintendent in 2008.
“Serving as VPS superintendent and stewarding our schools on behalf of children and families has been the honor of my lifetime,” Webb wrote. “To be fair, it has not always been easy. The size and complexity of the system has created unique opportunities, different points of view and challenges.”
He goes on to say he’s most proud of the collective impact in partnership with the community, and how the district kept its “true north” mission as a focal point on its strategic vision and decision.