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John Boyd appointed permanent superintendent of Evergreen Public Schools

Board unanimously selects interim leader for post

By Griffin Reilly, Columbian staff writer
Published: February 14, 2023, 8:20pm

The Evergreen Public Schools Board of Directors unanimously voted Tuesday night to appoint John Boyd as the district’s permanent superintendent.

Boyd, who previously served as the superintendent in the Quincy School District, has served as Evergreen’s interim superintendent since February 2022. He was first appointed to replace Mike Merlino, who was fired without cause in December 2021.

“As a board, we believe Superintendent Boyd is the right person to lead this district going forward,” said board President Julie Bocanegra in Tuesday night’s meeting. “In multiple listening sessions, we heard from families and staff what they value in a leader, and we believe Superintendent Boyd’s qualities make him an ideal fit.”

District spokesperson Craig Birnbach said Tuesday night that the district did not bring in any other candidates to interview, and that board members felt confident in hiring Boyd for the full-time position given the work he had done in a year as interim superintendent and from what they had heard in community feedback sessions.

At a board meeting on Jan. 19, Boyd conceded his year as the interim leader provided no shortage of challenges and delivered his vision for the district. Among his goals as superintendent will be identifying ways to support special educators and prioritizing equity work so that it’s “a part of everything we do” in Evergreen.

“I’m honored and humbled that the board has entrusted me with leading this outstanding district,” Boyd said Tuesday. “In my time in EPS, I’ve gotten to see how dedicated our staff is to making sure our students get the best education possible, and I’m eager to lend all the leadership and support I can for that to continue.”

Boyd holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish with an emphasis in business from the University of Montana; a master’s degree in education from Western Washington University; an administrative licensure from Heritage University and a superintendent licensure from Washington State University.

Boyd’s salary was not disclosed, but Birnbach said Boyd’s contract from his time as interim superintendent, including his compensation, will not change.