Washougal selects new superintendent

Michael Stromme currently works for Vancouver Public Schools

The Washougal School District has selected its new superintendent.

According to a press release issued today, current Vancouver Public Schools Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learing Michael Stromme will become the new superintendent of the Washougal School District.

“Mike scored very high with the entire board in all qualities identified by the community, staff and the board as important for our new superintendent to possess,” said Elaine Pfeifer, WSD board vice president. “He is a dynamic, professional leader with a passion for education. He has the experience to enhance the excellent work being done in the district and has demonstrated the expertise required to oversee the successful completion of the upcoming bond projects.”

In November 2014, Washougal voters passed a $57.69 million capital improvement bond that will address safety, student capacity and facilities needs.

Stromme previously served as the interim superintendent for the Green Mountain School District and associate superintendent and chief information officer for the Vancouver School District before assuming his current position.

Stromme said he is impressed with the Washougal community.

“It is clear from meeting with the principals, staff and community members there is great passion and commitment to the children and families of the Washougal community,” he said. “I am impressed with their focus on student achievement and meeting the personal needs of each child. I look forward to living in the Washougal community and working with students, parents, highly engaged school partners, and a great team of professional educators.”

Stromme will succeed Dawn Tarzian, who will retire at the end of the school year in June.

Look for additional details in the April 21 print edition of the Post-Record.