Walla Walla superintendent a finalist for job on West side


This story has been updated since its original publication.

WALLA WALLA — Public schools Superintendent Mick Miller is one of two finalists for Shoreline School District’s vacant superintendent position, Shoreline announced Monday.

Miller has been Walla Walla’s superintendent since July 2010. “The district there is very similar to Mead (High School),” where Miller taught previously, he said. “The demographics are very similar. I really enjoyed my time at Mead.”

“From a professional standpoint, what they were looking for and my experience are a good match,” he said.

Miller also said a move would put him closer to family, as his oldest daughter is moving to Seattle.

With an enrollment of 8,854 students as of May, the Shoreline district is about 40 percent larger than Walla Walla’s and recently finished construction to replace both of its full-service high schools.

“Really we feel like the table is all set here,” said Craig Degginger, the district’s spokesman. “To have two brand-new high schools is very exciting. This has been a big year for us.”

Shoreline narrowly passed a $150 million bond to replace both of its high schools, Shorewood and Shorecrest, in 2010.

Miller will visit the district Friday, when he will tour several schools and meet with community members. He will also participate in a community forum, which will be streamed online at useducationtv.com at 4 p.m.

The Shoreline School Board will meet this weekend to select a final candidate and conduct contract negotiations, Degginger said. The School Board expects to approve a contract for the new superintendent at a special meeting shortly thereafter.

If hired, Miller would replace superintendent Sue Walker, who announced her retirement after eight years in her position and 40 total years in the district in November.

Shoreline School District, immediately north of Seattle, serves the cities of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park.

Shoreline began its search in December. It initially received 28 applicants and pared that down to five before holding interviews last Saturday and Sunday to come up with the two finalists.

Before serving as Walla Walla’s superintendent, Miller spent six years as superintendent of Deer Park School District, north of Spokane. He has also served as principal at Mead High School in Spokane and at Kelso High School in Southwestern Washington.

Ben Wentz can be reached at benwentz@wwub.com or 526-8315.


wwguy7 1 year, 6 months ago

This sure doesn't look good for the school district. Trying to pass a bond while your Superintendent is interviewting elsewhere is not an easy task.


fatherof5 1 year, 6 months ago

It's not ideal timing, but I think people recognize the science rooms are not being build for Mr. Miller or any of the adults, but rather for the students who will come through those doors for the next 30-50 years.


barracuda 1 year, 6 months ago

This is really poor timing!

It Makes one wonder if there might be more to the story?


Doceo 1 year, 6 months ago

It looks like Shorline recently completed construction of two new high schools. The support of the community for education could be a big draw indeed.


namvet60 1 year, 6 months ago

If the bond passes will he decide to stay?


Myinput 1 year, 6 months ago

Totally agree - poor timing! Not good for the school district who is trying to pass this bond. What would even be better is if we could get the athletic director (Don Wilkins) and the school board president (Anne Golden) to retire - it's time for them to go and let new blood come in.


cropcircles 1 year, 6 months ago

I agree with the Father of 5 - science buildings are for the students. But the folks in leadership can take credit. Bonds and levies are often supported because of the trust built between the voters and the school leadership. WW has struggled with this in years past. I hope that this Bond, which I will vote yes for, is exactly as presented. No extra matching money promised that will go to another school rather than returned to voters. No hidden costs that will weaken the financial state like the County is in the middle of. Just 10 million for 10 science classrooms - period.


barracuda 1 year, 6 months ago

Great concept!

I too, hope this true.........


barracuda 1 year, 6 months ago

This is a moot point now......... According to a press release, they hired a different person for that job, so he is no longer in the running for the job.


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