Second Walla Walla school official to retire

Like the superintendent, Deputy Superintendent Bill Jordan says this will be his last school year.

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WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Public Schools' Deputy Superintendent Bill Jordan will join Superintendent Richard Carter in retirement at the end of the school year.

The School Board accepted Jordan's retirement submission during Tuesday night's regular board meeting. The board also approved Carter's retirement. Carter announced to the board two weeks ago that he would retire after June 30. That will also be Jordan's last day.

Jordan, who has overseen the district's personnel department for six years, will be closing a 40-year career in education. Jordan launched his career as a teacher and principal in Walla Walla, and will finish his career here as well.

Jordan also serves on the Walla Walla Community College Foundation Board of Governors, the Community Center for Youth board, Commitment to Community board, and the Fort Walla Walla Museum board of directors.

Jordan left the Walla Walla area early to advance his career as an administrator. His previous positions have included serving as associate superintendent of the Richland School District and superintendent of the Kelso School District. Jordan was hired as the deputy superintendent for Walla Walla Public Schools in 2004.

"Walla Walla Public Schools is an excellent district, in a wonderful community, with outstanding employees," Jordan said in a statement. "I have always been proud to have begun my career in Walla Walla and am honored to be able to conclude my educational career by serving the district."

His retirement plans are to spend more time with his family and to continue fueling a passion for classic muscle cars.

Along with accepting the resignations, the School Board also unanimously agreed to contract Northwest Leadership Associates to conduct a superintendent search.

Assistant Superintendent Linda Boggs has indicated she will not seek the vacant superintendent position, choosing instead to focus on her current job overseeing curriculum, instruction and assessment.

"Because of my skills, passion and desire to spend my time doing what I love most, I have chosen to not seek the superintendency at this time although I'm not ruling out the possibility for the future," she said in a statement.

Maria P. Gonzalez can be reached at mariagonzalez@wwub.com or 526-8317. Check out her blog at blogs.ublabs.org/schoolhousemissives.

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