Southside School Board Names New Superintendent
The Southside School District Board of Directors began an executive search in December to find a successor to replace Superintendent Doris Bolender who will retire at the end of June after nine years of dedicated service.
The search attracted highly qualified applicants and, after screening and interviews, the Board voted at a special meeting on February 25, 2021 to offer the position to Paul Wieneke, an educational leadership consultant and experienced school leader, pending mutual agreement on an employment contract.
Mr. Wieneke brings a broad range of training and experience to Southside, including Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as well as specific training in public school administration. He has professional certification in Washington as teacher, principal, and superintendent. He served for 20 years as an elementary teacher and paraeducator in both urban and rural settings before beginning his administrative career which included 12 years of successful service as an elementary principal in Alaska and Washington (Tacoma).
He brings an impressive list of educational expertise including certification as a principal mentor and formal training in multiple instructional frameworks, social-emotional learning, culturally responsive teaching, and accelerated math and reading program design. Mr. Wieneke has trained thousands of Washington teachers and administrators in the Collective Efficacy of Beliefs and Best Practices. Throughout the interview process, he shared his core belief that, “All students are capable of success, no exceptions.”
Mr. Wieneke brings his talent as an accomplished musician, singer and performer of elementary children’s songs, and is also functionally fluent and bi-literate in Spanish.
While Mr. Wieneke’s first official day on the job will be July 1st, he looks forward to engaging in transition activities later this spring. He is excited about this opportunity and shared that he has, “…come to learn that Southside is a unique, caring, family-oriented community. I believe it is important that a leader models methods of engagement with stakeholders that foster mutual trust.”
The Southside School Board welcomes Mr. Wieneke and thanks the many staff and community members who actively engaged in the screening and selection process.
Southside School District Announces Three Finalists for Superintendent
February 17, 2021
On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, The Southside School Board reviewed applications received from candidates to replace outgoing superintendent, Doris Bolender, who has announced her retirement effective June 30, 2021. The Board also reviewed application screening information prepared by a committee of staff and community members. The Board selected three finalists and will introduce them in a series of virtual community forums beginning February 23rd.
The finalists are as follows:
Joseph Beckford; Former Superintendent/Principal; Aleutian Region School District, Anchorage , AK
Scot Embrey; Educational Consultant; Former Elem. & MS Principal; Yelm Community Schools
Paul Wieneke, Leadership Consultant and Instructional Coach; Former Exec. Dir. of HR; Sequim SD
Virtual Community Forums will be held on the following dates and times:
Tuesday, February 23, 2021; 7:15 p.m.; Candidate: Paul Wieneke
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88952849675
Wednesday, February 24, 2021; 7:00 p.m.; Candidate: Scot Embrey
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87564595612
Thursday, February 25, 2021; 7:00 p.m.; Candidate: Joseph Beckford
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87117838091
The district will provide forum participants the opportunity to provide written input to the Board regarding each of the finalists during each forum.
The Southside School Board plans to make a decision on the new superintendent the evening of February 25th, but that date could change.
About The Candidates:
Paul Wieneke has served as a leadership consultant and instructional coach since 2017 supporting 18 school districts and over 30 schools. He served as Executive Director of Human Resources for the Sequim School District and has 12 years of experience as an elementary principal in both Alaska and Washington (Tacoma SD).
Scot Embrey currently serves as an educational consultant providing school and district level support for effective academic and social/emotional learning systems. He has 13 years of principal experience in the Yelm Community Schools at both the elementary and middle school levels.
Joseph Beckford has over 30 years of experience as a principal, business official and superintendent in Alaska, Arizona, California and Washington (Spokane, WA). His leadership experience in Alaska includes multiple small districts where he served in combined Superintendent/Principal roles beginning in the early 1990’s.
January 15, 2021
Southside School District Board of Directors presents an invitation to apply for the position of
1.0 FTE; (.8 FTE Option Depending on Exp./Qualifications)
- The Southside School District Board of Directors is seeking candidates with the following skills and qualifications:
- Educator and leadership experience essential for success as a Superintendent; Principal Certification is required; Superintendent Certification preferred, but not required;
- Elementary teaching experience preferred;
- Willingness and ability to perform principal functions to support the school as needed;
- Respect for all staff and community with an approachable personality and a commitment to honesty and integrity;
- Ability to provide competent, financial oversight of the district and align expenditure decisions with district priorities;
- A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and listen to multiple voices and perspectives as a leader;
- A collaborative leadership style that inspires and builds teamwork and trust among all stakeholders;
- Ability to pursue available funding opportunities to enhance learning opportunities for students;
- Forward thinking and innovative in facilitating problem-solving and strategic planning;
- Demonstrated capability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with employee unions/associations, parent groups, community organizations, staff, and the school board;
- A commitment to become part of the Southside community and engage visibly in school and community events.
The Board prefers the Superintendent live within the Southside/Shelton community but requires the Superintendent to live within 25 miles of the district boundary.
The Board of Directors will negotiate a multi-year contract with a competitive salary, commensurate with local and like-sized Washington state school districts with the selected candidate.
The Southside community adjoins with the city of Shelton, Washington just 35 minutes northwest of Olympia on the shores of Oakland Bay on beautiful Puget Sound. Southside families enjoy a community that is rich in history, culture and natural beauty where the school serves as a center for many community events throughout the year.
The district is situated close to such recreational wonders as Mt. Rainier, The Olympic and Cascade Mountain Ranges, Puget Sound, and the Pacific Ocean. Portland and Seattle provide additional urban attractions just a 2-3 hour drive from the area.
The history of growth in Shelton and the surrounding area began in the 1800’s with early commerce consisting primarily of logging and lumber, farming, dairying and ranching as well as oyster cultivation . As with many Washington state local economies, Mason County’s economic history is rooted in natural resources. While this has changed over time, industries such as forest products and aquaculture remain critical to the local economy. In recent years, retail and service industries have grown as resource and manufacturing employment has receded. Today, the sector with the greatest immediate growth potential in the area is tourism and outdoor recreation.
The Southside School District serves 200 students in grades K-7 on it’s campus located on the southeast side of Shelton, Washington. The district was formed on March 10, 1903 where school was first held in Albert Ackley’s home serving eight students. Mr. Ackley later deeded one acre of land where Southside’s first school house was built. Classes continued in the one room school house until an addition was built in 1912. By 1953, enrollment had grown to 100 students and a new academic building was constructed . Additional buildings were added in 1958, 1968, and 1990 with expansion projects completed from 2003-2005.
Many generations have passed through Southside halls. The School is the pride of the community and a symbol of our unity. Each year, Southside School continues to grow, including new families that are as committed to learning as the founding fathers were.
As the parents and community of 1903 strove to give children a great place to learn, so to are the present Southside families and community. The Southside Booster Club actively supports our school programs and sponsors special events throughout the year including an annual community festival and a booster club dessert and auction event . For over 100 years, Southside School District has maintained its independence, enjoyed consistent community support, and focused on providing excellent learning experiences for students.
Board of Directors
The Southside Board of Directors consists of five Board members, each elected to serve a four-year term, without compensation, for overlapping terms of two years each. In the fall of each year, the Board elects a President, a Vice President and a legislative representative to serve one-year terms.
Southside School Board Members Years Served
Laurie Cox, President 10
Gigi Olsen, Vice President 1
John Johnson, Legislative Rep. 1
Matt Jewett 1
Brian Phipps 1
The Board has identified the following priorities candidates are asked to address within their letter of application
- Develop collaborative working relationships with parents, staff, community and School Board focused on shared priorities.
- Facilitate inclusive decision-making processes to ensure stakeholder engagement and input opportunities
- Develop a budget planning process which ensures stakeholder engagement and education, alignment of expenditures with system priorities and responsible financial management.
- Facilitate a school-wide plan for addressing learning loss and social-emotional needs as a result of school closure/remote learning impacts.
- Gather input regarding district communication strategies and develop an effective plan to address identified challenges and opportunities.
Submit all application materials electronically to https://edjobsnw.org within application platform.
- A formal letter of application containing personal and professional qualifications , your reasons for interest in the position, and how you would address district priority areas (file upload)
- A current resume (file upload);
- A completed application at https://edjobsnw.org
- Three to five current letters of recommendation that address your qualifications and leadership abilities uploaded with application (file upload).
For full consideration, please submit all application materials electronically by February 10, 2021, at 1:00 p.m.
Inquiries regarding the position and/or questions regarding the application process should be emailed to John Bash, search consultant, at email@example.com or by calling 360-269-8224.
Please note: Candidates are asked not to contact Board members directly. Any effort to do so may result in disqualification for the position.
- Finalists selected by the Board of Directors: Feb. 16, 2021
- Finalist Interviews and Community Forums: Feb. 23, 24, 25
- Selection Decision: February 25
- Start date: July 1, 2021