Touchet hires new superintendent

Sue Bell has ties to the Walla Walla Valley.

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TOUCHET - Touchet School Board members signed a three-year contract with new Superintendent Sue Bell at their meeting Thursday.

Bell was selected from among three candidates who were interviewed earlier this month.

Bell said she is excited about her new job in Touchet.

"I think Touchet School District is a great place. I'm excited about the vision they have for their school district and I want to be a part of that. The students are definitely the priority, and we're going to do great things," she said.

Bell has been assistant superintendent for the Omak district since 2007. Previously she was principal at Cedarcrest Middle School in Marysville and assistant principal of Evergreen Middle School in Everett.

She received her graduate degrees from Seattle Pacific University.

Bell has ties to the Walla Walla area. Her stepmother, Mary Hirsch Mitchell Bell, is a native of Waitsburg and now lives in Walla Walla. Bell's parents are Whitman College graduates, she said.

"I love the Walla Walla Valley and all it has to offer. It's going to be a great place to call home," she said

Bell and her husband have two grown daughters and two grandchildren. Her husband is a retired electrician.

Bell will officially start work July 1.

The school district has been guided this year by part-time Interim Superintendent Skip Berquam of Spokane. He replaced Dan McDonald, who resigned to take a job near Spokane.

Carrie Chicken can be reached at cec@innw.net or 522-5289.

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