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Pioneer Announces New Superintendent

The Pioneer School District Board of Directors announced Thursday the District’s new Superintendent: John Gummel. Mr. Gummel is currently the principal of Kelso High School and was recently named Washington’s 2018 High School Principal of the Year.

The Pioneer School Board unanimous selected Gummel at its April 25th school board meeting. Board members shared, “Mr. Gummel comes to us with high regards from his current superintendent and staff of Kelso High School. John’s interaction with Pioneer staff and students while here on campus was nothing short of amazing.”

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Pioneer Announces Finalists for Superintendent

The Pioneer School District Board of Directors have selected four candidates to be interviewed for superintendent. The four finalist will be interviewed on Tuesday, April 24th by school board members, staff, parents and community members.

The four individuals are:

  • JoAnne Fabian, Chief Academic Officer of the Tukwila School District
  • John Gummel, Principal at Kelso High School
  • Keith Harris, Director at Big Horn School District in Cowley, Wyoming
  • Michael Merrin, Independent Consultant in Puyallup

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Pioneer Superintendent Search Moving Along

The search for Pioneer School District’s next superintendent is moving along. Officials with Northwest Leadership Associates – the firm helping the district with the search – spent Tuesday talking with staff, students and community members to hear feedback on the desired characteristics of the next person to head the non-high school district. The information gathered also helps Northwest Leadership Associates develop the position description and leadership profile.

MasonWebTV Powered by HCC sat down with Dr. Roger Rada and Dr. Glenys Hill after the pair heard from a handful of community members Tuesday night.

The community forum helps the firm hear specifics they can’t quite get from an online survey.

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Community Forum on Pioneer Super Search Set

The Pioneer School Board is in the process of searching for their next superintendent and community members are invited to provide feedback on desired characteristics for that person. A community forum is set for 6 PM Tuesday, March 13th at the PIoneer Middle School. The forum will be led by Dr. Roger Rada from Northwest Leadership Association. This input will be used to develop a list of desired characteristics to guide the search for Pioneer’s next superintendent.

If you are not able to attend, you can still provide your input by filling out the online survey on the District website or by clicking here.

Pioneer Super Search Survey Available

The Pioneer School Board is asking residents to complete a survey that will assist with developing the leadership profile to guide the selection of the District’s next superintendent.The school board has hired Northwest Leadership Associates to help with the search to find a replacement for Marty Brewer who is leaving Pioneer to become Superintendent of the Port Angeles School District.

Click here for the survey.

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Pioneer Super Heading to Port Angeles

Pioneer School District Superintendent, Marty Brewer, has been hired by the Port Angeles School District. Brewer was one of four finalists to replace Dr. Marc Jackson who will retire in June. Brewer’s first day as Port Angeles’ Superintendent is July 1, 2018. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC spoke with Mr. Brewer about the job change.

The Pioneer School District says the process to search for a new superintendent will begin immediately.

Pioneer Appoints New School Board Member

The Board of Directors of Pioneer School District has selected Tanya L. Hamel to fill the open school board position. Ms. Hamel will be sworn in at the February 27th school board meeting. According to a news release, as former PTA president, classroom volunteer and has two children currently enrolled in the District. She has a compassion for helping our children believe and succeed.

Pioneer School Board Special Meeting Wednesday

The Pioneer School Board of Directors will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, February 7th beginning at 5:30 pm.  The Board of Directors will interview candidates for the open school board position.  The meeting will be held in the Board Room in the Administration Building located at 112 E. Spencer Lake Road.  The public is welcome to attend.

Short Lock Down at Pioneer Schools

Pioneer schools were locked down for a short time Monday. According to school officials, at approximately 12:15 PM, a loud noises that sounded like possible gunfire was head coming from a surrounding area. As a precaution, the schools were placed into a “non-critical lock down.” Administration immediately searched the school campus and surrounding areas, and determined there was no threat to students and staff. The lock down was lifted at 1:00 PM.

County Commission Briefed on Cooperative High School

The Mason County Commission was briefed Monday on the Cooperative High School voters in the Hood Canal School District and the Pioneer School District will be deciding on February 13th. Hood Canal School District Superintendent Shawn Batstone and Pioneer School District Superintendent Martin Brewer explained to the Commissioners how the two Districts have come together to plan what would be the County’s fourth high school if voters approve construction bonds to build the school.

Each District is asking voters to approve a $30 Million bond to build the $60-$70 Million, 100,000 square foot high school for 750 students. If approved, the high school would be built in the Lake Limerick area. 

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