After an extensive search and selection process, the Eatonville Board of Directors has offered the position of superintendent of Eatonville School District to Jay Brower of the Bethel School District, pending successful contract negotiations and a background check.
Brower currently serves as director of community connections for the Bethel School District and is in his 38th year working in public education. He holds a master’s in social work from Eastern Washington University, teaching credential from Western Washington University and principal certification from the University of Washington.
During the superintendent search process, Eatonville staff, families and community members had an opportunity to take a survey to inform the district about the personal attributes and qualities they saw in each of the candidates aspiring to be the next leader of Eatonville School District.
Interim Superintendent Lucy Fountain, who has filled the role since January 2023, will help with the transition to the new superintendent. Fountain said she was honored to serve the students, staff and families in Eatonville School District. She will continue to volunteer and support Dollars for Scholars as it benefits Eatonville senior graduates.
The board will approve Brower’s contract during the next regular board meeting. He will officially assume the position on July 1.
“Mr. Brower is very familiar with the Eatonville community,” School Board Chairperson Paulette Gilliardi said. “His passion is centered around creating programs and support for students and their families. He will be completing his superintendent certification as he steps into the role of superintendent. He brings a wide range of experience in leadership having worked closely with the Bethel superintendent. The board and I look forward to working with him to expand opportunities for the students of the Eatonville School District. Welcome, Mr. Brower.”
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