Byrnes retires as superintendent
August 27, 2008 · Updated 5:17 PM
ARLINGTON Linda Byrnes announced her retirement as Arlington Public School Superintendent during the Nov. 13 Arlington School District Board of Directors meeting.
Byrnes began her tenure at ASD 12 years ago by addressing its need for facility improvements. While key stakeholders and members of the community as a whole shared this priority, it took time to arrive at a solution on which most could agree.
Linda worked tirelessly over the next four years to pass our first capital bond in decades, said Kay Duskin, president of the ASD Board of Directors. Five years after that, we opened seven new facilities and realized that Linda had leveraged our $54 million bond into nearly $100 million in improvements. Her creativity in uncovering and coordinating revenue sources was phenomenal.
ASD Public Information Coordinator Misti Gilman also credited Byrnes with streamlining the districts strategic plan, bringing its instructional programs into focus, and instigating joint ventures with the city of Arlington, including the sharing of resources and emergency preparedness planning.
Byrnes herself is quick to share credit with the administrators and staff of ASD, whom she deemed capable and talented, saying, I have never accomplished anything alone.
Byrnes education career began more than 30 years ago, in the classroom. Since her time as a teacher, shes served as assistant principal and principal in the Lakewood School District, spent three years with the Washington State Board of Education, and then stepped in as assistant superintendent of the Highline School District.
Byrnes and her husband, former Arlington City Council member Denny Byrnes, plan to stay in the town they consider home and remain active in community service organizations.
The ASD Board of Directors will work with executive recruitment and development firm McPherson and Jacobson LLC to search for a new superintendent. Meetings with ASD employees, parents, students, community members, and business and civic leaders are planned for later this month to gather input on the desired characteristics of the new superintendent. Candidate interviews are scheduled for February of next year, with selection slated for March 1, 2008.