Good day,

Thank you so much for your continued support of the Hoquiam School District.

By now you know that I’ve submitted by letter of retirement to the Hoquiam School Board. It’s time.

In June of 2006, I arrived to Hoquiam with my family (wife Bobbi and daughter Kelci) to take this job.  It’s been quite a ride during this eleven year assignment.  So much has been accomplished.  During this time, and together with the support of so many, a new school was created, another was closed and two others have been remodeled and updated.  Also during this time, the district has been able to attract and hire outstanding administrators, classified and certificated staff.  I would be remiss not to include that every school bond and M&O levy that was on the ballot was also passed by our voters during these eleven years.

The district is financially stable and as a result, we’re able to feature low class sizes, buy new school busses and give students the technology they need to be successful.   The relationship and partnership that has been developed with our unions is as good as it has been since 2000.  Only by working together are we able to provide our staff with competitive compensation and support.

The school board hired a firm to conduct a responsible search for my replacement. On January 5th in a special meeting, the school board selected Northwest Leadership Associates to do this important work.  Northwest Leadership Associates will begin a process that will name my replacement on or before April 1, 2017.

You will have many opportunities to be involved in this selection process.  Regular updates on the progress of this search can be found on the school district web site:

I’ve enjoyed my time as Superintendent in Hoquiam. It’s been a challenge at times and at other times, it’s been pure joy.  But in it all, it’s been a pleasure to work and live in the community.

I would encourage you to get involved in the process to select the next Superintendent.  The board desires your input and participation.


M Parker