Walla Walla School District Superintendent Mick Miller resigned his post Tuesday night at a School Board meeting, announcing after the meeting that he will take an assistant superintendent position with NorthEast Washington Educational Service District 101 in Spokane.
“I just think that really right now I am not the right person to lead the district forward,” Miller said after the meeting. “ … After the bond this year, and some other things, I just kind of feel like we really need somebody else to take us to the next step.”
Miller, whose resignation will be effective at the end of the month, oversaw two bond campaigns to renovate Walla Walla High School during his four-year tenure, neither of which was able to gain enough traction to pass a supermajority.
“Obviously I wasn’t able to help craft the message, to get enough community support behind it, for those to pass,” Miller said of the elections. “I don’t think it’s necessarily all me, but at the same time, I’m responsible for the school district.”
Miller said the position at NEW ESD 101 came open in mid-May and he was offered the job this past weekend.
“I’m of the belief that as a superintendent you have effectiveness for about four to six years,” Miller said. “I’m kind of on the south end of that as opposed to the north end, and I didn’t want to be in a spot where they (the community) want me to leave. I just kind of felt like it was the right time.”
The district said in a release following the meeting that it will begin a search for an interim superintendent for the 2014-15 school year while it looks for a long-term replacement. The search will begin Wednesday.
“We thank Superintendent Miller for his four years of service and wish him well in his next career move," School Board President Anne Golden said in the release. "Our focus now is on finding a highly-qualified interim superintendent to continue to lead our outstanding school district during this leadership transition."