Washougal School District hires next superintendent

Mary Templeton will serve starting July 1

The Washougal School District Board of Directors unanimously passed a motion to hire Dr. Mary Templeton as the next Superintendent of the district during a special meeting, Friday, April 27.
She will begin in her new role July 1.
“I am so excited to be joining the Washougal School District as the new superintendent of schools,” Templeton said in a press release. “After spending time in the district this week, it was clear that there are great things happening here and that the community, staff, school board, and parents are committed to excellence for all of our students. I look forward to leading the Washougal School District with this vision for excellence into the future.”
Templeton was one of four final candidates interviewed by the board, district administrators and representatives of the staff and community, Wednesday, April 25.
Templeton is currently the human resources director for certified personnel for Spokane Public Schools, a role she has held for four years.
She has 27 years of education experience and has served as a dean of students, principal assistant and an assistant principal.
Templeton recently received a doctorate from Washington State University and has held a superintendent credential since 2015.
“The district started this process several months ago, gathering feedback from community, staff and district parents, in an open and transparent process,” Cory Chase, WSD board president, said in a press release. “The board felt Dr. Templeton’s experience and background are best suited to the current initiatives and opportunities in our district. The board would like to thank all of the community members, staff, and others who participated in the process and provided feedback to help with this process. We are excited to welcome Mary to the Washougal community.”
Washougal Superintendent Dr. Michael Stromme will rejoin the Vancouver Public Schools district as the associate superintendent for administrative services in July.
For more information, read next week’s Post-Record.