Paterson Superintendent Search

Paterson School District is seeking an educational leader to serve as Superintendent/Principal and Business Manager beginning July 1, 2019. The candidate selected will have effective, successful experience as an educational leader and administrator; strong decision-making and problem-solving abilities; an understanding of school finance; sound fiscal management skills; and an ability to lead the district in visionary planning.

Read the full job description and apply online

District Profile

Paterson is known for its family-type atmosphere and enjoys the strong support of its close-knit community. Class sizes are small. Teachers and staff are experienced, imaginative, and committed to serving all students.

Overlooking the Columbia River in south central Washington, the community we serve is small, rural, and unincorporated. The local economy is determined by the health of an extremely varied agricultural industry. Over 80% of our students qualify for Free/Reduced meals. However, no Paterson students are charged for either breakfast or lunch  all eat for free.  Many of our families travel 35-40 miles to reach the nearest cities in order to access adequate medical facilities, clothing and food stores, and library systems. Time and money limit these travels for most. Many of our students are the first generation to complete 8th grade.

Paterson School District is fiscally sound and has been very successful in securing grants that support our students. We have developed a strong college-going culture in Paterson. Through these grants, we have initiated a STEM program and increased the technology available to students in all grades. Paterson continues to provide support for our students after they graduate from our K-8 District and move on to their high school-serving district. This enables us to continue to offer students the additional support they need to successfully graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary educational opportunities.

Paterson School District operates on an alternative 4 day/week schedule totaling 146 days/year under the provisions of the Option Two waiver and approval by the State Board of Education. Paterson School’s ongoing history of academic success has been recognized with the School of Distinction award five times - in 2008, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Only four Washington schools have won the award five times, and only three Washington schools have won the award more than five times.

District at a Glance:


  • Staff of 30 part and full time people
  • 10 Certificated Teachers and 2 Certificated Specialists - over 70% with at least a Master’s Degree - - 16.2 Years - Average Years of Teaching
  • Part-time Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Part-time Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)
  • 2 Classroom Assistants
  • Office Administrative Secretary/ Translators
  • Part-time IT Specialist
  • Transportation Department and Food Services Department


  • 116 Students K-8
  • 12 Students Pre-K


  • 48% White
  • 52% Hispanic
  • 27% English Language Learners
  • Approximately 80% qualify for free or reduced priced meals
  • Board:  Five elected members
  • Budget: $2.1 million general fund
  • District has successfully passed all of its M&O Levies - Strong Community Support District passed a building renovation construction bond in 2005 (that is now paid off) that modernized the existing building and doubled its size; added additional classrooms; a library, then computer lab; and administrative office space.


The ideal candidate should possess the following:
  • Master’s Degree and possess or verify eligibility for Washington State Principal’s Certificate
  • Minimum of 10 years in education, preferably at the elementary level
  • Understanding and endorsement of the K-12 Washington State Learning Standards as well as the Washington State Assessment and Testing requirements
  • Trained in Teacher Evaluation Process (TPEP), with a working knowledge of Danielson Framework preferred
  • Prior experience as an instructional leader who has worked with staff to implement innovative curriculum, best practices, and collaborative practices
  • A successful track record of integrating science and technology into the curriculum and across classrooms practices
  • Approachable, accessible, and flexible to students, parents and all staff members
  • Sensitivity and respect when working with students and parents of all cultures
  • Willingness to continue implementing the work that has been started
  • A proven record of successful teaching and administrative experience in a public-school district, preferably in a rural community. Residency in the district is not required
  • Highly visible in the school and community; actively participates in school and community activities

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of the Superintendent include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide leadership in all areas of teaching and learning: curriculum, data analysis and professional development.
  • Possess a solid understanding of the Washington State Learning Standards, STEAM initiatives, and a belief in a creating a climate fostering rigor, responsibility, and relationships.
  • Maintain and reinforce effective communications and collaboration throughout the District, within the Paterson community, and neighboring school districts.
  • Work with the Board to identify and prioritize policies for overall governance.
  • Responsible for a system of supervision and evaluations for all staff designed to meet the goals of the school district.
  • Lead, guide and direct every member of the instruction and support services teams in moving forward with the Paterson Mission statement and Our Uncommon Common Values.
  • Manage and organize all resources available to the District in the best interests of the students and the school system.


The school board will negotiate a multi-year contract of 213 days per year and a salary based on experience, qualifications, and responsibilities that is competitive with districts of a similar size. Compensation will include an excellent benefit package.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online.  A completed application will include:

  • Formal letter of interest stating personal qualifications, experience, and reason for interest in the Paterson position
  • Personal statement regarding educational philosophy
  • Completed application packet
  • Current resume
  • Copy of administrative license or proof of eligibility to obtain one
  • A minimum of three but no more than five letters of recommendation

Application materials shall be submitted electronically using the ESD’s online hiring platform. Initial screening and preliminary interviews will be conducted by the Review Committee (per RCW 28A.310.170). Applicants shall not contact school board members directly.


Applications must be submitted online All inquiries should be addressed to: Mr. Darcy Weisner, Superintendent
Educational Service District 123

Timeline 2019

  • January 24-February 22 – Application submission (or until filled)
  • February – Ongoing screening and reference checks
  • March 4-8 Interviews scheduled and arranged
  • Selection by the Board of Directors to follow
  • July 1 Selected superintendent contract period begins

NONDISCRIMINATION: The Paterson School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. This applies to all educational programs, extra-curricular activities, and employment. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
  • John Seaton, Superintendent, Paterson School District, PO Box 189, 51409 W. Prior Rd., Paterson WA 99345;
  • Monica Burnett, Title IX Officer,
  • Mike Prudhomme, Section 504 Coordinator,
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