LONG BEACH — Monday night, the Ocean Beach School District board of directors selected three finalists to interview for the position of superintendent of schools. 

Current Superintendent Boyd Keyser has accepted a job in Oregon. His last day here is June 30.

Tom Churchill, Union — Churchill has served as superintendent and principal of the Hood Canal School District in Shelton since 2007. His previous experience includes serving as superintendent of Entiat School District for two years, and principal positions in the Yelm and Snohomish school districts for six years collectively. Churchill earned his superintendent credential from Washington State University, holds a master’s degree in education administration from Pacific Lutheran University and a bachelor’s in psychology from Seattle Pacific University. 

Karen Ernest, Mossyrock — Ernest has served as superintendent of Mossyrock School District since 2005. Ernest earned her doctorate of philosophy degree with a major in education from the University of Idaho. Additionally she holds a master’s degree in education and bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Boise State University, and a superintendent credential from the state of Washington. Previous to her position in Mossyrock, Ernest served as superintendent of the Glenns Ferry School district in Idaho for six years and has five years experience as a high school principal in the Marsing School District in Idaho.

Mark Hottowe, Longview — Hottowe has served as the executive director of supervision and student services at the Kelso School District since 2010. Hottowe’s 28-year history with the Kelso School District has included serving as the executive director of Human Resources and Student Services from 2007-10, director of Student Services from 2004–07, and nearly 20 years in principal positions within the district. Hottowe holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Central Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dartmouth College.

The board hired a search consultant from Educational Service District 112 (ESD 112) to assist them in the process. The finalists will visit Ocean Beach School District on Wednesday, June 22, to meet district staff, students and community members, tour schools and have formal interviews with the board. 

June 22 community meeting

The Ocean Beach School District board of directors welcomes community members to participate in the superintendent search process, and provide feedback on final candidates at a community meeting that will be held from    6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., June 22 at Long Beach Elementary School. 

The selected finalists will be available to meet in small groups with participants who would like to  ask questions and learn more about each candidate’s qualifications.

Community members are also encouraged to provide input on a survey located on the district’s website at www.ocean.k12.wa.us/obsd through Thursday. 

The job position closed June 8, and it is the board’s intention to complete the superintendent selection process by late June. 

For information, contact Twyla Barnes at 360-750-7500.

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