The Pendleton School District Board of Directors has narrowed its search for the next superintendent to two candidates. The candidates will be in the District on March 31, 2022 to participate in a variety of activities culminating with an interview in executive session with the Board.
Community members are invited to meet the finalists on March 31 from 3:30 – 5:15 pm at the District Office located at 107 NW 10th in the Training Room. Each candidate will be provided 45 minutes to introduce themselves, including their professional experiences and qualifications and field questions from the audience.
The next superintendent will officially begin on July 1, 2022. Initial interviews with the Board and a panel of patrons were conducted on March 17. Select candidates were identified and invited back to participate in the final activities from those interviews.
The finalists under consideration are:
Ms. Kim Casey is currently the Principal of Grandview High School in Grandview, Washington. Grandview High School has a student enrollment of 1128. She has held this position since 2015. She began her administrative career in 2013 as the Principal of Compass High School, an alternative high school also in Grandview. Ms. Casey spent the first eight years of her career as a high school Business Education Teacher. She has taught adult education classes at Yakima Valley College and was an Adjunct Professor at Eastern Washington University. Ms. Casey is a 2003 graduate of Central Washington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education. She completed her Master’s program at Central Washington as well in 2006. She holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and is currently working on her superintendent credential from Washington State University.
Mr. Headings is currently the Principal of West Park Elementary School in Hermiston, Oregon, a position he has held since 2013. West Park has an enrollment of 550 students. He served as the Superintendent/Principal in Stanfield between 2009 and 2013. He began his administrative career as the K-6 Principal in Stanfield in 2005. Mr. Headings began his educational career in Hayesville, Kansas as a middle school teacher and coach. From there, he spent two years as a teacher and Director of Middle School Education at Western Mennonite High School in Salem. Prior to moving to administration, he taught grades 4-6 in the Lebanon School District for nine years. Mr. Headings earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Bethel College in Kansas. He holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Oregon (2003).
At the earliest, the Board of Directors expects to make a final decision by April 1, 2022 and take formal action at its April 11, 2022 board meeting.