Jordan to serve as interim superintendent in Prescott

The appointment of an interim superintendent gives the board more time to conduct a search.

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PRESCOTT - Former Walla Walla Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Bill Jordan will be part-time interim superintendent for the Prescott School District.

The board voted unanimously to appoint Jordan after emerging from an executive session where the appointment was discussed.

"I'm pleased to be working in the Prescott School District. I look forward to working with the community, students and staff, and look forward to a good year," Jordan said in a phone interview.

The appointment of an interim superintendent gives the board time to conduct a thorough search, with more input from the staff and community, according to a district press release.

According to the press release, all current applicant files will remain active and current applicants will be contacted when a new search begins.

Jordan retired earlier this year as Walla Walla's deputy superintendent. He began his career in Walla Walla as an English and social studies teacher at Pioneer Junior High School. He also served as assistant principal at Pioneer and principal at Garrison Junior High School.

Other experience includes assistant superintendent, instructional services in the Richland School District, superintendent of the Kelso School District, deputy superintendent of public instruction, and director of the Center for Educational Partnerships at Washington State University.

Prescott's search for a superintendent began in mid-June, when the board accepted the resignation of Carolyn Marsh. Marsh forfeited a three-year contract the board had approved earlier in the school year. Marsh said she wanted to retire so she could draw her retirement, but she was among the applicants for the position.

The board hired Jordan Aug. 9 as a consultant to lead the district's superintendent search.

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