In an email to staff and teachers last week, Central Kitsap Superintendent Greg Lynch announced he would resign his post in July to become the new Superintendent of Olympic Educational Service District 114.
The resignation is pending approval by the school board to release Lynch from his contract. His contract with the school district runs through the 2014-15 school year.
The Central Kitsap board’s next meeting is scheduled for April 10, during which Lynch said an agenda item will be set to discuss both the details of his release and the process of finding a replacement.
Requests for comment to the service district were not returned. It is expected to offer an official contract to Lynch at its next meeting April 18.
Lynch has been with Central Kitsap for nearly a decade. He was hired by the school district in 2004. Prior to that, Lynch was a United States Army Colonel stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., where he was dean of academics for the Army’s Command and General Staff College.
“I have been recruited for other jobs throughout the state in larger districts and I have turned down those offers because I’m happy with CKSD,” Lynch said. “I never had seen myself in any other place except CKSD.”
The service district job appealed to Lynch because it was an opportunity to influence both Central Kitsap and myriad other districts throughout the region, he said.
According to Lynch, he was approached about the job by the service district in January and was tentatively offered the position last week. The service district board, whose members represent areas around the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas, will work with Lynch during the next few weeks to work out contract details.
Walt Bigby, the service district’s current superintendent announced earlier this year he would be retiring at the end of the school year after 13 years with OESD 114.
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction lists Lynch’s salary with Central Kitsap as $146,644 — $162,826 with bonuses, stipends and benefits.
Lynch said that since he and the service district have not yet agreed on an official contract, no official salary has been agreed upon. Bigby, Lynch’s predecessor, is listed as receiving a salary of $157,258 — $168,759 with benefits.
The superintendent’s email came as employees prepared to take this week off. The district’s spring break takes place this week, and all employees were given the second half of last Friday off as a furlough day.
“As you can imagine, I’m still in the process of absorbing both the personal and professional implications of this change,” Lynch said in the email. “Having served you, our students and staff for nearly a decade, it is difficult to think about being anywhere else next year.”
The educational service district is a state organization that serves a number of school districts with collective planning, purchasing and working. Service districts also act as a go-between for state programs and school districts.
OESD 114 serves the 10 districts on the Olympic Peninsula, as well as the five districts on the Kitsap Peninsula.
The service district is not a governing body that rules over the school districts, but one that works cooperatively with them to administer programs.
CK Board member Eric Greene said last Friday that, per the board’s operating principles, he could not comment on Lynch’s plans.