Olympic ESD 114 is pleased to introduce four new superintendents within the region for the 2014-15 school year. We welcome David McVicker, Central Kitsap School District; Dana Rosenbach, North Mason School District; Dr. Marc Jackson, Port Angeles School District; and Scott M. Carter, Queets-Clearwater School District.
David McVicker – Central Kitsap School District
David McVicker has enjoyed a lifelong career in education in many capacities, including elementary school teacher and principal, special education director and most recently, as Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations for Central Kitsap.
“I feel fortunate that I’ve had the privilege of doing what I love for 36 years. We get to work with kids each and every day. We’re so lucky!” he stated.
CK’s enrollment stands at about 10,500, and like many districts, it has seen a rise in its Spanish-speaking population. While 23% of CK’s students are active-duty military dependents, a full 47% of CK families are federally connected in some way. Eighteen schools comprise the CK district including 12 (K-6) elementary schools, three (7-8) junior high schools, one (7-12) secondary school and two (9-12) high schools.
The district also offers an alternative program for junior high and two high schools, as well as the CK Online Academy (9-12) and an Off Campus program for families who wish to pursue education at home while still having access to district resources.
Two priority goals for CKSD are to improve reading achievement and increase student engagement.
McVicker recently celebrated 40 years of marriage and has five children with six grandchildren.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to continue to lead and support the Central Kitsap School District. We have outstanding students, excellent staff and a great community!” – David McVicker
Dana Rosenbach – North Mason School District
Dana Rosenbach’s career in education spans all grade levels and has taken her throughout the country, from coast to coast. Since her first job as a classroom teacher in the Central Kitsap School District, Rosenbach’s teaching experience has expanded to include alternative programs, special education and ELL. She has also served as a middle school principal and most recently, as an administrator with the Longview School District where she focused on special programs, curriculum, instruction and assessment.
North Mason School District serves 2,200 students in a rural setting which covers 129 square miles and encompasses several small communities. Based in Belfair, the district includes one high school, one middle school, two elementary schools, and alternative and home-school programs.
The district is focused on construction of a new high school slated to open in fall 2015. Site work for the new school is underway, with subsequent upgrades of existing buildings for the middle school and both elementaries to follow. With so much going on in her new community, Rosenbach expects to work closely with all North Mason stakeholders.
Rosenbach resides in Allyn with her daughter who will attend Hawkins Middle School. She also has two grown sons.
“I have been a parent and a teacher, an advocate and an activist, a principal and a district administrator, but always a voice for opportunity for all children to succeed. As I get to know our (North Mason) schools, communities and students, my focus will be on listening and learning to strengthen relationships, programs and support for student success.” – Dana Rosenbach
Dr. Marc Jackson, Port Angeles School District
Coming to the Pacific Northwest from California is Dr. Marc Jackson. No stranger to the area, he and his family have owned a house here for 19 years while residing and working in California. As superintendent of the Port Angeles School District, he can finally and officially call PA his home.
Dr. Jackson is beginning his 41st year in education and most recently served as superintendent for the Silver Valley Unified School District in Yermo, California. He has also worked as an assistant superintendent and principal.
Port Angeles School District has a student body of just under 4,000 in grades K-12. Along with one high school, an alternative high school, a middle school and five elementaries, the district also runs the North Peninsula Skills Center, a homeschool program and Running Start. In 2013, Port Angeles High School received the Washington Achievement Award. Additional district strengths include a very strong music program for students in grades 4-12.
The Port Angeles SD is working to move forward on a maintenance & operations levy and a bond in February 2015 to help build a new high school and improve infrastructure at other schools.
Jackson and his wife Jaki of 38 years have two grown children.
“Our district is well-run with outstanding kids and a vibrant staff. The community is deeply involved in Port Angeles schools, and it forms the backbone of a special relationship. I believe (PASD) is a great match for me and I’m excited to be in this chair.” – Dr. Marc Jackson
Scott M. Carter – Queets – Clearwater School District
New Queets-Clearwater SD superintendent Scott Carter most recently served as principal and teacher in the remote Yukon Flats School District near the Arctic Circle.
Carter’s career in education spans over 20 years and he carries on his family’s tradition as the third generation to serve as a superintendent of schools. He has also worked as a superintendent in Kansas, and as a teacher and principal in Kansas, Alaska and Kuwait.
The QCSD serves 35 Native American students in a K-8 school – it is one of the smallest districts within the OESD region.
“I have a strong desire to create continually improving learning organizations,” said Carter. “Continuous improvement will be one of our greatest challenges, but culture is our greatest strength.”
Carter is married with two daughters and a five-year-old stepson.
“I am excited to become a part of the Queets–Clearwater team. We plan to strive for continuous improvement and technology integration, all the while supporting our students’ unique culture. It is going to be a great year.” – Scott M. Carter