Supt. Turner to leave Tonasket School District

TONASKET – Tonasket Superintendent Paul Turner will see his tenure with the district end as of the conclusion of the current school year.

The Tonasket School Board, following an executive session Monday, Nov. 24, voted for the third time in three years not to extend his contract, which expires at the end of the year.

Turner said that he asked the board to make that decision now rather than waiting until February in order to help both parties move forward.

“I told the board I didn’t want to wait until February, and they needed to make up their mind as to whether or not I was going to be their guy,” Turner said. “So they had the discussion and decided not to extend my contract.”

He said that considering that hadn’t extended his contract for the past two years, “I hadn’t anticipated that they would change their thinking.

“I’ve been in this business long enough to know that things can and do change.”

He said his plans for the future have yet to be determined.

“I’m looking to see what’s out there,” he said. “Right now there aren’t any superintendent jobs on the east side (of the state). I don’t know what will be next, but we’re not moving to the west side, I can tell you that.”

About Brent Baker

Brent, is a former reporter/photographer for the Gazette-Tribune and sometimes works as a freelance sports reporter for the G-T. Prior to working at the G-T, he was the sports editor for Sunrise Publishing from 2000-2005 in Michigan. He subsequently owned and operated Buckland Media, a high school sports website, in Michigan until 2010. He and his wife Kim, who have an adult son, moved to Tonasket in 2010. Brent worked as a full time reporter/photographer at the G-T from 2011 - 2014).