Tenino School Board Names New Superintendent

The Tenino School District Board of Directors began an executive search in December to find a successor to replace Superintendent Joe Belmonte who will retire at the end of June.

The search attracted 23 applicants and, after screening and interviews, the Board voted at a special meeting on February 11, 2021 to offer the position to Clint Endicott, Executive Director of K-12 Leadership and Accountability for the Yakima School District, pending mutual agreement on an employment contract.

Mr. Endicott has had a variety of experiences in his education career. His training includes Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as well as specific training in administration and certification in Washington as both a principal and superintendent. He has served as a math teacher at the high school level and in alternative school settings, including service at nearby Maple Lane School in Rochester.

Prior to his current district role, he served as a high school principal and assistant principal in Yakima. He brings with him a broad range of successful school and district experience, including leadership of instructional improvement initiatives and facility upgrades. He is excited to bring his family to the Tenino area and looks forward to beginning transition activities this winter and spring.

Legal Notice for Special Board Meetings

Feb. 9, 10, 11, 2021

The Tenino School Board will be gathering for the following Special Board Meetings, to be held virtually, as part of the superintendent screening and selection process currently underway. These meetings will be broadcast from the Tenino School District Office. This notice replaces any previous notices regarding special meetings on these dates.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Jennifer Kindle - Webinar

Special Board Meeting (Virtual): Tenino School District Office

6:00 p.m. Call to Order

Virtual Community Forum - Superintendent Candidate Introduction; Question/Answer Session

7:00 p.m. Adjournment

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

John Hannah - Webinar

Special Board Meeting (Virtual): Tenino School District Office

6:00 p.m. Call to Order

Virtual Community Forum - Superintendent Candidate Introduction; Question/Answer Session

7:00 p.m. Adjournment

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Clint Endicott - Webinar

Special Board Meeting (Virtual): Tenino School District Office

6:00 p.m. Call to Order

Virtual Community Forum - Superintendent Candidate Introduction; Question/Answer Session

7:00 p.m. Executive Session to review the qualifications of a candidate for superintendent.

7:30 p.m. The Board may move into open session to extend the executive session, consider action to offer the position of Superintendent, or adjourn the meeting.

Happy February!

Tenino School Board members and a panel of observers took time this past Saturday, January 30th, to interview six candidates to replace outgoing superintendent, Joe Belmonte, who has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2021. The Board selected three finalists and will introduce them in a series of virtual community forums beginning February 9th.

The finalists are as follows:

Clint Endicott, Executive Director of K-12 Leadership, Accountability and Secondary Education, Yakima School District;

John Hannah, Superintendent, Morton School District; and

Jennifer Kindle, Executive Director of Student Learning, Selah School District

Virtual Community Forums are scheduled for 6:00 p.m., On February 9, 10 and 11. 

Jennifer Kindle - February 9 Webinar

John Hannah - February 10 Webinar

Clint Endicott - February 11 Webinar

The district will provide forum participants the opportunity to provide written input to the Board regarding each of the finalists during each forum.

The board welcomes you to submit questions in advance for candidates.  These can be submitted online until Friday, February 5, 2021 at noon via THIS LINK:  www.bit.ly/SupSearchInfo

The Tenino School Board plans to make a decision on the new superintendent the evening of February 11th, but that date could change.

About The Candidates

Clint Endicott serves as Executive Director of K-12 Leadership, Accountability, and Secondary Education for the Yakima School District. He earned a BA in Mathematics Education from Central Washington University, a Master’s Degree in Education Administration and Principal Credentials from Grand Canyon University, and Superintendent Credentials from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX. He served as a secondary assistant principal and principal in Yakima prior to beginning his current executive director position in 2015. Mr. Endicott has also served as a middle and high school math teacher in the Rochester and Selah School Districts.

John Hannah is the current superintendent of the Morton School District where he has served since 2014. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in General Science from Oregon State University, a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Principal Certification from City University-Seattle, and superintendent credentials from Washington State University. Prior to his current role, Mr. Hannah served as an elementary principal in the Mt. Adams School District. He has also served as a math and science teacher at the elementary and secondary levels in the Castle Rock and Wahkiakum School Districts.

Jennifer Kindle currently serves as Executive Director of Student Learning for the Selah School District. She earned a BS in Accounting and Business Education from Central Washington University, a Master’s Degree in Business and Marketing Ed. and Principal Certification from Central Washington University, and Superintendent Credentials from Washington State University. Ms. Kindle served as a secondary principal in the Rainier, Franklin Pierce, and Selah School Districts prior to beginning her current district role in 2016. She has also served as a middle and high school business and math teacher for the Thorp School District.

Thank you to the staff and community members who served as observers this past Saturday!

John Bash, Assistant Superintendent (Superintendent Search Lead)

Tenino School District

The Position

The Tenino School District Board of Directors is seeking candidates with the following skills and qualifications:

  • Educator and leadership experience essential for success as a Superintendent;
  • Respect for all staff and community with an approachable personality and a commitment to honesty and integrity;
  • Ability to provide competent, financial oversight of the district and align expenditure decisions with district priorities;
  • A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and listen to multiple voices and perspectives as a leader;
  • A collaborative leadership style that inspires and builds teamwork and trust among all stakeholders;
  • Ability to pursue available funding opportunities to enhance learning opportunities for students;
  • Forward thinking and innovative in facilitating problem-solving and strategic planning;
  • Demonstrated capability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with employee unions/associations, parent groups, community organizations, staff, and the school board;
  • Background and experience in leading successful facility improvement efforts, including bond initiatives;
  • A commitment to become part of the Tenino community and engage visibly in school and community events.

Additionally, The Board prefers the Superintendent live within the boundaries of Tenino School District but requires the Superintendent to live within 25 miles of the district boundary.

The Board of Directors will negotiate a multi-year contract with a competitive salary, commensurate with local and like-sized Washington state school districts with the selected candidate.

The Community

Beaver Stadium Image

The City of Tenino is a tight-knit community of about 10,000 people. Tenino families enjoy a beautiful, quiet town with historic stone structures, a large community park, supportive local businesses, and access to a variety of recreational opportunities. Tenino is situated close to such recreational wonders as Mt. Rainier, Puget Sound, the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, and the Pacific Ocean. Tenino has a rich history beginning with mining and shipping sandstone from the town’s early quarries as well as logging and farming which emerged as the region grew and developed thanks to the Northern Pacific Railroad Co. Today, the rural nature of the community and geography remains alive and well, while steady population and housing growth is projected to continue well into the future. Tenino has a long history of supporting its schools with a growing number of community partnerships supporting students, families and programs across all schools.

city website: www.ci.Tenino.wa.us

The District

Tenino School District consists of two elementary schools (P-2 & 3-5), one middle school (6-8), and one high school (9-12), serving approximately 1300 students in the kindergarten through twelfth grades.

Tenino’s dedicated and caring staff provide engaging programs, curriculum and support services that enrich student learning at all levels. Our ongoing school improvement system focuses on development of annual goals and actions plans at each school aligned with student data trends and district-wide goals. Our schools continue to develop and refine supportive intervention strategies as part of this improvement effort and we are proud of the growth and success these efforts have produced in recent years.

With support from the community, Tenino offers many enrichment activities, fine arts programs, and athletic activities that provide students with a wide range of engagement options to choose from.

The District has a strong tradition of quality—in our programs and services, our facilities, our technology support, our staff and our community. We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our District and what we have to offer. We think you’ll find that Tenino is a great place for students!Tenino High School Band preparing for a parade.

Application Details

Application for Superintendent should include:

  • A formal letter of application containing personal and professional qualifications and your reasons for interest in the position;
  • A current resume;
  • All  completed application and all supporting documentation can be found and submitted at https://edjobsnw.org/;
  • Three to five current letters of recommendation that address your qualifications and leadership abilities uploaded with application.

Inquiries regarding the position and/or questions regarding the application process can be emailed to Assistant Superintendent, John Bash, at bashj@tenino.k12.wa.us.

For full consideration, please submit all application materials electronically by January 15, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.

Please note: Candidates are asked not to contact Board members directly. Any effort to do so may result in disqualification for the position.