The new and departing Clarkston School Dist. superintendents' discuss future goals

CLARKSTON, WA - The Clarkston School District is about to get a new superintendent.

Reporter Carol Zinke was able to sit down with both new superintendent Tim Winter and current superintendent Darcy Weisner to talk about goals and the future for the district.

Tim Winter comes to the L.C. Valley after being the principal at Peninsula High School, in Gig Harbor for seven years. But this isn't the first time he's lived in the valley. He spent four years as a teacher in the Clarkston School District at Heights Elementary, Lincoln Middle School and Clarkston High School. He said he loves this area and he's excited to come back. He said he's especially excited to meet the students.

"I'm excited to get to know them and work with them," said Winter. "That's one of the things I love about the job I currently have as a building principal, getting to be with the students. So, my goal is to continue to have those types of relationships with students of all ages throughout the district."

Darcy Weisner has been the superintendent for the last four years. He said his experience here has been great... he's learned a lot and he knows the district will continue to thrive.

"The school board has led and continues to lead with the mindset that our children are our highest priority; both their safety and well being, on top of what they learn" said Weisner. As long as the board continues to have that mindset, which they will, they're going to do great things."

One thing Tim said he plans to work on is the bond for a new high school.

"I think one issue is the bond and there needs to be some work done on that," said Winter. "I'm excited to get my hands dirty with that and work with the board and community to figure out what the best route for that will be."

"When it comes down to what determines the success of a school district, its about how you take care of your staff and children within your district," said Weisner. "I believe our staff have done an amazing job and they'll continue to do that under Tim's leadership."

Darcy Weisner's last day is June 30th while Tim Winter takes over July first. Weisner is moving to the Tri-Cities where he'll be the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Service District 123, which means he'll still be working some with the Clarkston School District.