Shelton's Superintendent Search

Superintendent Search

Superintendent Search

During the September 22nd School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Alex P. Apostle announced his retirement from the district effective June 30, 2021. The Shelton School Board has initiated a search for the district's next superintendent and is committed to an open and transparent search process with stakeholder input with the goal to hire the best Superintendent for the Shelton School District. 

Selection Timeline

  1. Closing date for applications: February 25, 2021
  2. Board of Directors selects finalists to interview: March 18, 2021
  3. Semi-finalist interviews with the Board of Directors: March 27, 2021
  4. Finalist district tours & stakeholder meetings: March 29-31, 2021
  5. Selection of new Superintendent: Early April, 2021
  6. Start date: July 1, 2021

Search Updates


April 2, 2021

The Shelton School District Board of Directors has named Mr. Wyeth Jessee as the next superintendent of schools starting July 1st, 2021.

The board chose Mr. Jessee to be Shelton School District’s next leader after an extensive superintendent search process led by consultant firm McPherson & Jacobson LLC, who was hired by the board in November 2020. Preliminary interviews were held with five semi-finalists on Saturday, March 27. Three finalists were chosen to move forward in the process and had the opportunity to spend a day touring the district and meeting with specific stakeholder and community groups on March 29, 30, and 31st. 

During the search process, all staff, families, and community members had an opportunity to give their feedback about each of the candidates. All of the feedback received aided the Shelton School Board in making the final decision on who would be selected as the next superintendent.

“We are very pleased to have Mr. Jessee joining the Shelton School District.” Board President Sally Karr said. “He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge as well a passion for education and student success.” 

Shelton School District’s current superintendent, Dr. Alex Apostle, will retire from the district on June 30, 2021. Mr. Jessee will assume the job as superintendent on July 1, 2021, pending successful negotiation and approval of a contract.


March 28, 2021

Superintendent Finalists & Next Steps

Following preliminary interviews with five semi-finalists on Saturday, March 27, the Shelton School District Board of Directors has announced the three finalist candidates for the district’s superintendent position. 

The board has selected the following finalists:

  • Mr. Jeff Broome
  • Mr. Wyeth Jessee
  • Dr. Mike Stromme

The next step in the process is for each candidate to spend a day touring the district and meeting with specific stakeholder groups.

The public is invited to take part in a Community Forum portion with each of the three finalists. The community forums will be conducted in person at the Performing Arts Center, located at Shelton High School: 3737 N Shelton Springs Road, Shelton, WA 98584, and will also be streamed live online via the Shelton School District’s YouTube channel. Translation services will be provided both in-person and online.

The Community Forum schedule is as follows: 

Monday, March 29: 7:00 - 8:00 PM - Community Forum w/ Dr. Mike Stromme

Tuesday, March 30: 7:00 - 8:00 PM - Community Forum w/ Mr. Jeff Broome

Wednesday, March 31: 7:00 - 8:00 PM - Community Forum w/ Mr. Wyeth Jessee


March 23, 2021

Superintendent Interviews: Registration, Streaming Info., & Next Steps

The next step in the superintendent search process will be to publicly interview the five semi-finalists announced late last week. All interviews will be conducted in a public meeting in the Performing Arts Center, located at Shelton High School: 3737 N Shelton Springs Road, Shelton, WA 98584 on Saturday, March 27, from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. We encourage those who choose to participate, to commit to the entire scheduled day in order to give adequate feedback.

The public is invited to attend the interviews in person, or by watching the interviews live via the Shelton School District’s YouTube channel. Translation services will be provided both in-person and online.

Attending In-Person - Registration is Required
*Those who wish to attend in person will go through COVID health screening upon arrival that will involve answering a symptom and exposure questionnaire and temperature check. Anyone who is ill with any symptoms that are not associated with seasonal allergies or a diagnosed non-communicable illness should watch online and not participate in person.*

Due to current circumstances, no more than 60 individuals may attend the interviews in-person. If you wish to attend the interviews in-person, please know that safety protocols have been put in place, including temperature and health screenings, physical distancing, and masks must be worn at all times. We encourage those who have the capability to stream the interviews from home, to please do so in order to make sure that those without means to stream the interviews may still participate if they choose.

To register, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/march27registration

Please submit a registration form for each person in your family who would like to attend. If the registration form is closed, this means that we have received the max amount of registrations and we encourage you to stream the interviews live via YouTube.

Living Streaming
Interviews will be streamed live on the Shelton School District’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/RYtUpRO5x0E
You do not need to fill out a registration form if you plan on streaming the interviews.

The interview schedule is as follows:

Saturday, March 27: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
*If you plan to attend in-person, please arrive no later than 8:45 AM for a brief orientation.

  • 9:00-10:00 AM: Candidate A Interview - Mrs. Chelsea Cornwall-Brady
  • 10:15-11:15 AM: Candidate B Interview - Dr. Mike Stromme
  • 11:30 - 12:30 PM: Candidate C Interview - Mr. Wyeth Jessee
  • 12:30 - 1:30 PM: Lunch Break
  • 1:30 - 2:30 PM: Candidate D Interview - Mr. Jeff Broome
  • 2:45 - 3:45 PM: Candidate E Interview - Dr. Louanne Decker
  • 4:00 PM: Feedback - Everyone in attendance will have a chance to give their feedback on the candidates at this time.

Next Steps

Following the semi-finalist interviews, the School Board will make the final decision on which three candidates will move forward in the process. The next step in the process is for each candidate to spend a day touring the district and meeting with specific stakeholder groups.

The public is invited to take part in a Community Forum portion with each of the 3 finalists. The Open Forums will be conducted in person at the Performing Arts Center, located at Shelton High School: 3737 N Shelton Springs Road, Shelton, WA 98584, and will also be streamed live online via the Shelton School District’s YouTube channel. Translation services will be provided both in-person and online.

The same protocols apply as stated above regarding attending the Open Forums in person.

The Community Forum schedule is as follows:
Monday, March 29: 7:00 - 8:00 PM - Finalist A Community Forum


Tuesday, March 30: 7:00 - 8:00 PM - Finalist B Community Forum


Wednesday, March 31: 7:00 - 8:00 PM - Finalist C Community Forum

The board looks forward to getting to know each of the candidates more during this process and appreciates our community’s input.


March 19, 2021

District Superintendent Semi-Finalists Announced

On Thursday, March 18, 2021, the Shelton School Board, in collaboration with the leadership and expertise of MacPherson & Jacobson LLC, identified five semi-finalists as part of the superintendent search process. The five semi-finalists to move forward to the next step in the search process, include:

  • Mr. Jeffrey (Jeff) Broome: Mr. Broome has served in administrative leadership for 14 years, currently as the principal of Tumwater High School since 2013.
  • Mrs. Chelsea Cornwall-Brady: Mrs. Cornwall-Brady has worked for the Shelton School District for over 15 years and is currently serving as the principal for Olympic Middle School.
  • Dr. Louanne Decker: Dr. Decker has served 13 years in an executive cabinet position and is currently serving as the Executive Director of Principal Leadership and School Programs for Auburn School District.
  • Mr. Robert (Wyeth) Jessee: Mr. Jessee has served in education for 20 years, most recently as the Chief of Schools and Continuous Improvement for Seattle Public Schools.
  • Dr. Mike Stromme: Dr. Stromme has over 33 years of experience working in education and is the current Deputy Superintendent for Vancouver Public Schools.

The next step in the superintendent search process will be to publicly interview the five semi-finalists. All interviews will be conducted in a public meeting in the Performing Arts Center, located at Shelton High School: 3737 N Shelton Springs Road, Shelton, WA 98584 on Saturday, March 27.

The public is invited to attend the interviews in person, but due to current circumstances, no more than 60 individuals may attend. If you wish to attend the interviews in person, registration will be required.

Interviews will also be streamed live for those who wish not to attend in person.

Translation services will be provided both in-person and online. Registration and streaming information will be sent out shortly.

The board looks forward to meeting the semi-finalists in this public process and wishes to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to everyone who applied.

Semi-Finalist Resumes

January 21, 2021

Meeting with superintendent search consultants McPherson and Jacobson.
Agenda: https://www.sheltonschools.org/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=30468954


January 5, 2021

We seek your input regarding the desired qualities of a new superintendent and how those qualities will benefit our district. You are invited to attend one of several Zoom meetings to share your thoughts.

Stakeholder Meetings

Stakeholder Survey

Can’t attend? 
Take our 5 question survey before Jan. 15th instead. (Survey available in three languages)

English Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SheltonWAEnglish 
Spanish Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SheltonWASpanish
Kanjobal Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SheltonWAKanjobal


November 24, 2020

During the regular School Board meeting, the school board decided to select McPherson & Jacobson LLC as the superintendent search firm.


November 20, 2020

A Special Board meeting was held for the school board to review of the superintendent search consultant interviews held on November 16-17, 2020. 


November 17, 2020

A Special Board meeting was held for the school board to interview Northwest Leadership as a potential search consultant for the new SSD superintendent.

November 16, 2020

A Special Board meeting was held for the school board to interview McPherson & Jacobson LLC and Ray & Associates as a potential search consultants for the new SSD superintendent.
 
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