With MacTavish out, Richland School District launches new search for next superintendent

RICHLAND, Wash. - As if the situation surrounding Richland School District's former successor superintendent wasn't apparent for all, the district on Thursday made everything crystal clear.

RSD is "taking the first step in the search for its next superintendent," the district announced.

Superintendent Dr. Rick Schulte will retire on June 30, 2020 and Dr. Nicole MacTavish, his one-time successor, is out of the picture entirely.

MacTavish fell out of favor earlier this year following talks with the Richland Education Association and contentious public meeetings with parents upset over a plan to cut special-education staff.

"The Richland School Board is committed to finding a superintendent to lead the district as it adapts to the growing and diverse needs of a community with a tradition of wanting more than a basic education for its children," read a statement from the district sent to news media Thursday morning.

RSD is looking for a consultant to assist in the search. Applicants have until Oct. 4 to submit their proposals.

The district says parents, community members, staff and students will also help. The community at large will get to weigh in, too. RSD says it will tell people how they can participate at a later date.

The goal is to name Dr. Schulte's new successor before April 2020. You can follow the process here.

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