School Board hosting public forums to aid in superintendent search

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board announced at their work session on Monday, Jan. 12 that they are hosting public forums this week and next week to help them in their search for a new superintendent.

Tonight, at 7 p.m., in the elementary school gym the public is invited to give feedback to Gene Sharratt, the lead consultant for Northwest Leadership Associates. Surveys will be distributed to hear what characteristics the public is looking for in a superintendent and what challenges they think the superintendent will face in the school district. On Wednesday, Jan. 21, two forums will be offered. The first will be in the elementary school gym again from 2 to 3 p.m. and the second will be in the high school commons from 7 to 8 p.m.

The survey will also be available on the district Web site at and at the library, the clinics, the hospital, town restaurants, the Quickstop in Loomis and in Wauconda. The due date for the surveys is Jan. 21. They can be turned in at the district office, e-mailed to Sharratt at or mailed to Sharratt at 7601 Lambert Rd. Cle Elum, WA 98922.

Board Chairperson Catherine Stangland said Northwest Leadership Associates was chosen by the school board as the consultants for the superintendent search because they were the best fit for the district.

“They have a lot of experience and the lead consultant, Gene Sharratt, knows our district well,” Stangland said. “We thought all of the consultants offered something that was valuable but this was what we thought was the best fit.”

Also at the work session, the school board heard from Haley Grillo, ASB Representative, who reported that the ASB is currently planning the annual Winterfest which they are hoping to host around the beginning of March. She said the Future Farmers of America club attended the Oroville trap shoot and won eight trophies. The FFA is also preparing for an upcoming shop contest in Okanogan.

The school board also discussed the progress of the Pyramid of Intervention program in the schools.

“In November our Pyramid of Intervention had 138 students with F’s. December Pyramid of Intervention we had 93 students with F’s,” Jeff Hardesty, high school principal, said. “This current Pyramid of Intervention we have 74 students with F’s. From November to now we have 64 less students with F’s.”

“The elementary school is just in a different spot,” Jeff Cravy, elementary school