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Superintendent Search


The time has come to find a new leader for Educational Service District 105.

This January, Superintendent Kevin Chase announced his retirement effective June 30, 2024. Superintendent Chase has contributed to creating a lasting impact on the success of the ESD 105 and the districts, schools, students and communities we serve and will be greatly missed by all those who work with him. Our intent is to fill the role of ESD 105 Superintendent in May 2024, prior to Mr. Chase's final day.

During our Board of Directors meeting on February 6, 2024, a motion was passed to approve the proposal to move forward with Northwest Leadership Associates to conduct the search for our agency's next leader, who will step into the role on July 1.

The superintendent oversees ESD 105, which serves 25 public school districts in Kittitas and Yakima counties, as well as parts of Grant and Klickitat counties Those districts include more-than 4,200 classroom teachers and 66,100 students. 

More information about the search will be posted here.



Superintendent Search Timeline

February 2024
  • Board approves search plan and timeline
  • Search plan and timeline agreed upon
  • Meet with ESD 105 Board representatives to start search process
March 2024
  • Meeting with Board and Stakeholder Focus groups
  • Opportunities for input into search process and potential candidates by staff
  • Focus groups with school district superintendents, board members, identified partners, ESD 105 community members, other required participants
  • Online survey launched to select ESD 105 audiences
  • Finalize challenges, qualities and qualifications to be included in the brochure and other promotional information
  • Establish recruitment processes
  • Initiate recruitment
  • Position brochure and application posted on websites
  • Brochure emailed to NWLA distribution list and selected contacts
  • Initiate specific candidate recruitment
  • Search report/preparation for interview phase (March 26, 2024)
April 12, 2024
  • Application deadline
  • Survey closes
April 23, 2024
  • Screening report to the Review Committee
  • Select candidates to be recommended for interviews (3 finalists and 2 ranked alternates)
May 1, 2024
  • Presentation of finalists and alternates to the Board of Directors of ESD 105
May 9, 2024
  • Develop interview process and select candidates to be invited for interviews
  • Board conducts interviews
  • Selection of candidate to be offered the position.
May 28, 2024
  • Selected candidate appointed by the board
  • Contract to be finalized and offered
July 1, 2024
  • Superintendent starts position