McDuffy to take helm of ASD

ARLINGTON The Arlington School District Board of Directors unanimously selected Kristine McDuffy, Feb. 25, to be the ASD Superintendent starting in July.
ASD Board President Kay Duskin explained that the board and the school districts stakeholder representatives identified the following necessary criteria for their final choice:
A strong educational leader with a vision for the future of the district and education, but also an open-minded and effective problem-solver.
An effective communicator and team player in varied settings, who values community and staff collaboration and input.
Someone who can inspire and empower, who is confident in his or her ability, but flexible in approach, and also demonstrates respect and thoughtfulness, skill in conflict resolution and mentoring staff, and a sense of humor.
A person with a strong interest in students, knowledge of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning and educational issues, who is visible and aware of student needs and issues.
A professional who is knowledgeable about school district administration, including a strong fiscal sense and management skills.
Duskin referenced well-attended forums with community and staff members and students, prior both to posting the position and during the interview process, citing a high level of interest and participation, with greatly appreciated input received at the forums, in writing and during site visits.
ASD Board Director Carolyn Ericksons comments about the strength of the candidates were echoed by all of her fellow directors, including Bob McClure, who said of McDuffy and ASD Deputy Superintendent Warren Hopkins, I cant imagine two stronger or more fitting candidates. Even after we reviewed our notes from the site visits and input from students, staff and community members, it still wasnt a simple decision.
For ASD Board Director Jim Weiss, this was his first superintendent selection and he was fascinated by the process.
I was unsure of what sort of candidates we were going to get, Weiss said. It opened my eyes to the quality of people who would want this job. Any of the nine initial candidates could have taken the helm, but the board has a vision of where wed like to see Arlington go in the future and Dr. McDuffy is more than qualified to take us in that direction.
ASD Board Director Jeff Huleatt noted that this year marks his 20th year in the Arlington community and as such, he felt a responsibility to those with whom hes developed friendships and relationships over the years.
I appreciate the communitys trust, Huleatt said. The board was very careful and deliberate. We had two fine candidates, but we had a description of the sort of person we were looking for and the person who really fit that was Dr. McDuffy.
I enjoyed seeing the candidates interact with the constituents, Duskin said. I loved that the students asked McDuffy what her favorite animal was. We had joked that what we were searching for was a clone of Linda Byrnes, but we found a very close substitute in Kristine McDuffy.

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