Prescott hires new superintendent

Brett Cox, currently Garrison Middle School principal, starts the job in July.

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PRESCOTT — After a long search, the Prescott School Board approved hiring Brett Cox to serve as the district’s superintendent.

Cox signed a three-year contract at Thursday night’s school board meeting. He begin his job on July 1 and will be paid $100,000 per year.

“I thought it was a really good opportunity for myself and my family to be part of a small school district,” said Cox, who plans to relocate his family to Prescott from Walla Walla.

Cox has been the assistant principal at Garrison Middle School for three years. He previously worked as an administrator at Walla Walla High School, where he also oversaw development of Career and Technical Education classes. He said he hopes to use this experience to expand CTE courses to Prescott, where offerings are currently limited.

Cox graduated from Central Washington University with a bachelor of science in industrial supervision. After coaching high school football for a few years, he decided to become a teacher went back to get his certificate.

“I really enjoyed the experience, and after being around teachers and coaches I decided that’s the kind of life that I wanted,” he said.

Students, staff and school board members were involved in the search process to replace current superintendent Bill Jordan, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Junior Eric Sandoval, a student school board member, said he appreciated that Cox is bilingual. This would allow him to reach out to the students who attend Prescott from Vista Hermosa, most of whom are Latino.

“He’s a really good guy and he looks like he has the leadership skills for the school to move ahead,” said Sandoval. “The fact that he speaks Spanish is a really good thing.”

Spanish teacher Jackie Garanzuay, who attended the meeting to represent the faculty, agreed.

“Everybody’s really excited about our new superintendent,” she said.

The excitement is shared by Cox.

“My family and I are really looking forward to working with the Prescott community,” he said.

Rachel Alexander can be reached at rachelalexander@wwub.com or 509-526-8363.

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