Highline Public Schools Board Names Dr. Alan Spicciati Interim Superintendent


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Late Wednesday afternoon (April 27th), the Highline Public Schools Board of Directors named Dr. Alan Spicciati to serve as interim superintendent for the 2011-2012 school year. Spicciati is currently Chief Accountability Officer for the district.

Spicciati will temporarily replace outgoing superintendent John Welch, who announced that he was leaving for a new job as Superintendent of Puget Sound Educational Service District on March 17th (read our coverage here).

“After 17 years in Highline, I am absolutely thrilled to lead our district at this time,” said Spicciati. “My priorities will be to keep our momentum and innovation going and to finish important work we have started. The primary responsibility of Highline Public Schools is to ensure all students are prepared for college, career, and citizenship, and I look forward to working with our many partners who can help us achieve that.”

Spicciati is a graduate of the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, with a double major in music education and performance. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Washington’s Danforth Educational Leadership Program, and his Doctor of Education at Seattle Pacific University. He has served as a teacher, principal, and administrator at Highline Public Schools and in New York before coming to Highline.

“I have a high degree of confidence in Alan,” said outgoing Superintendent Welch . “He will serve the district and the community well during this transition. Alan has had a strong leadership role for many years and he is deeply involved in the work of the district and invested in the outcomes.”

“Alan’s experience, integrity, ability to work collaboratively, clear knowledge of district priorities and initiatives, and his commitment to putting our students first will keep us moving forward,” said Board President Sili Savusa.

“Alan and I will begin work right away to ensure a smooth transition,” said Superintendent Welch. Spicciati will take the helm officially on September 1 when Welch becomes the next Superintendent of Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD). The school board will initiate a national search in the fall with the goal of hiring a permanent superintendent by spring 2012. Details of the process and timeline will be finalized in the next few weeks.

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