NAMPA — David Peterson of Belfair, Wash., will take the helm in July as Nampa's new school district superintendent.
Peterson beat out Juneau School District Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich for the job.
The Nampa Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to offer Peterson the position as the leader of the school district Thursday night. Peterson accepted the position and will officially start July 1.
"I am so humbled and excited to join Team Nampa. I have been impressed by the commitment, passion and excitement the staff and community have to create a great future for our kids, our schools and community," Peterson said. "During this selection process I was very impressed by the vision and direction of the trustees, the optimism and strength of the administration, and the desire to help from the parents and community leaders."
Peterson has said he would like to visit Nampa a couple of times before his contract begins to meet with teachers and other district employees on a listening tour. He said that will help him identify areas to address and aid in the development of a future plan for the district.
"Clearly, it is going to be very difficult to make my goodbyes to North Mason. This community has been incredibly supportive and engaged. We have been through some tough times together and my wife and I have built great friendships here. Every moment of the application and interview process, however, proves that we are coming to a new home, new friends, and a great set of committed professionals," Peterson said.
Peterson boasts nearly 35 years of experience in education, beginning as preschool teacher and advancing to principal, central office administrator and school district superintendent. He has been at North Mason School District since July 2007.
The district is in the process of finalizing Peterson’s contract and it will be posted on the website. His annual salary will be $140,000.
Peterson was previously an assistant superintendent in the Oak Harbor (Washington) School District and central office administrator and principal in the Arlington (Washington) School District. Peterson earned his superintendent’s credential from Seattle Pacific University and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Washington.
During his tenure in North Mason, Peterson focused on improving student achievement and graduation rates. He worked with the school board to manage reductions in education funding and rebuild the district’s fund balance. Peterson was instrumental in leading the community to pass a $49 million construction bond for a new high school and other improvements after three failed attempts in the past 10 years.
Look for a full story in the Saturday edition of the Idaho Press-Tribune.