Northshore selects Dr. Michelle Reid as new district superintendent

With a unanimous vote, the Northshore School District Board of Directors selected Dr. Michelle Reid to succeed Larry Francois as the district superintendent on Thursday afternoon.

With a unanimous vote, the Northshore School District Board of Directors selected Dr. Michelle Reid to succeed Larry Francois as the district superintendent on Thursday afternoon.

The board, which announced the selection in a statement on Thursday, chose Reid from a national pool of 74 candidates from 48 states.

“After interviewing the exceptional candidates and sifting through all the feedback from staff and community stakeholders, the board is confident that Dr. Reid’s experience and vision will continue the traditional of excellence in Northshore,” said Board President Amy Cast in a district statement on Thursday.

Reid was one of three candidates to speak at a public forum on Wednesday evening at the Northshore School District Administrative Center in Bothell.

Currently, Reid serves as the superintendent in the South Kitsap School District.

She received her doctorate in Educational Leadership as well as her master;s in Educational Administration from the University of Washington, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Natural Science/Chemistry from University of Puget Sound.

Francois, who has served as superintendent for eight years, will leave this summer to take over as superintendent of Educational Service District 189.

The district contracted with Ray and Associates to lead the search. The three finalists — Dr. Linda Quinn, Dr. Adrian Talley and Reid — spoke with stakeholder groups on Wednesday morning and the general public on Wednesday evening.

“I appreciated immensely the community participation in the selection process,” Board Director Kimberly D’Angelo said in the district statement. “Michelle Reid clearly was the predominant choice among all community and stakeholder groups. I am pleased, too, that she was the board’s top choice.”

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