Superintendent Search


2020-2021 Superintendent Search

On February 2, after 44 years of service in public education and 20 years as Superintendent in the Stanwood-Camano School District, Dr. Jean Shumate announces she will retire, effective June 30, 2021. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Dr. Shumate.

On this section of our website, you will find timelines and information related to the search for our next superintendent. 

Superintendent Search Updates:

Starting in early February, the Board of Directors met in open study sessions to review proposals and receive presentations from search consultant firms. On February 22, at a special open meeting, the Board approved hiring Northwest Leadership Associates to conduct the search for the district's next superintendent. 

All staff, families, and community members have an opportunity to provide input to inform the district about the personal attributes and qualities they would like to see in the next superintendent for the Stanwood-Camano School District through STAKEHOLDER'S SURVEY. The survey is open through April 24:


A paper copy of the survey is available at the district office, 26920 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood, WA, in a box located outside of the main entrance. 

Superintendent Search Timeline

March 2, 2021

Board reviews search plan and timeline with Northwest Leadership Associates in a study session.

March 4, 2021
The online survey for stakeholder input is posted on the website.

March 10 and 11, 2021
Northwest Leadership Associates holds focus groups with community and staff representatives and holds open community forums.

March 16, 2021
The Board receives a focus group report from Northwest Leadership Associates in a study session (following the regular board meeting).

March 19, 2021
The superintendent brochure, including link to application, is completed and distributed nationwide by Northwest Leadership Associates and posted to the website.  

April 8, 2021
The Board receives a mid-search report from Northwest Leadership Associates in a study session.

April 24, 2021
Application deadline and online survey closes and paper screening and reference checks on applicants begins.

April 30, 2021
The Board receives a screening report from Northwest Leadership Associates and discusses qualifications of top applicants to the board in executive session.

May 8, 2021
Preliminary interviews take place with top candidates with community and staff participation. Following preliminary interviews, Northwest Leadership Associates meets with the Board in executive session to evaluate the qualifications of preliminary finalists.

May 11, 12, and 13
Finalist interviews take place which will include meetings with community and staff. The Board meets in executive session with finalists to discuss qualifications. 

May 14, 2021
The Board holds a special open meeting to announce the selected candidate.

June 1, 2021
At the regular board meeting, a contract is offered to the superintendent finalist.

July 1, 2021
The selected superintendent starts.

For links to board meeting dates/times, including study sessions and special meetings, click HERE.


Additional comments regarding the superintendent search can be submitted to:

Northwest Leadership Associates
Wayne Robertson:
Mark Venn:


Please see below for Dr. Shumate's retirement announcement and a letter from the Board of Directors to community and staff.

Dr. Shumate's Retirement Letter
Board of Director's Letter to Staff and Community