Sequim school board to talk superintendent replacement on Monday

With Gary Neal announcing his resignation last week, Sequim’s school board of directors are planning the next steps to replace the district’s top administrator.

Board directors will meet at 5 p.m. Monday, May 13, to consider a time frame, desired start date, job posting and selection of consulting/search firm to replace Neal, superintendent of Sequim’s schools since 2015.

The meeting is in the district boardroom, 503 N. Sequim Ave.

Neal has been with the Sequim School District since July 2014 when he was hired as Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. He was promoted to interim superintendent in July 2015, and superintendent on Nov. 2, 2015.

Neal announced his resignation at the Sequim School Board meeting on May 6. He later said that he plans to take a job with Vanir Construction Management, Inc. of Bellevue. Neal said he’ll work as a Senior Program Director in the Northwest for Vanir’s K-12 program assisting school districts with pre-bond and levy projects.

He’ll tentatively begin July 15, he said.

Sequim Education Association secretary Carol Harms said the local teachers’ union held a vote on whether or not to make a statement, with 88 percent of respondents saying they do not recommend extending Neal’s contract.

For more about the Sequim School District, see www.sequimschools.org.

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