The Wenatchee School District Board of Directors announced after a special board meeting that they are authorizing legal counsel to enter into contract negotiations with Kory Kahalar, for the purpose of hiring him as the interim Superintendent of Wenatchee School District for a period of two years, beginning July 1, 2023, with an option to convert into a permanent superintendent contact at any time during the interim period.
Dr. Kalahar has dedicated his 24-year career to serving the students and families of Wenatchee School District. For the last 16 years, Kalahar has led as an assistant principal, principal, and Assistant Executive Director of Learning & Teaching. Kalahar led WestSide High School as principal and was instrumental in transforming the alternative school’s perception in the community and leading the way to its achievement as the only trauma-informed school in central Washington. Kalahar’s knowledge, track records of transformational leadership, and stakeholder raptor will allow for a smooth transition and continued momentum of the district’s strategic plan and Big Six student outcomes. As the only internal candidate among the finalists, Dr. Kalahar will provide much-needed continuity and stability as the district takes on future challenges.
“We had three incredible candidates at the end of our search,” said Wenatchee School Board President Maria Íñiguez. “Kory rose to the top because of his steadfast commitment to achieving courageous educational outcomes for Wenatchee students and his ability to garner the trust and support of stakeholders during a time when we face many significant challenges. We look forward to Kory’s transition into this new role as interim superintendent and a smooth handoff from Bill Eagle.”
Superintendent search firm McPherson & Jacobson conducted the superintendent search process, which included focus groups, community meetings, and an online survey to provide extensive input on the desired qualities of the next superintendent. Consistent themes shared included a person who will provide stability, make a long-term commitment to the district who will, be highly visible, and be able to unite the district.
Wenatchee superintendent Dr. Paul Gordon announced his departure last spring. Since then, Interim superintendent Bill Eagle has provided superintendent services to the district through a contract with the North Central Educational Services District that will end in June 2023.