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Superintendent Handbook

Welcome to the Puget Sound Educational Service District and congratulations on your new position. We are proud to serve the outstanding school systems in King and Pierce counties, as well as Bainbridge Island, and look forward to working with you. I know our partnership will benefit the students, families, staff and communities in the Puget Sound region.

As a new superintendent, an experienced one new to Washington, or one who has moved into a new district, you may have questions regarding the administration and operations of your district. In order to assist you, the nine ESDs across Washington have created this handbook to serve as a reference guide. Topics covered in this handbook include governance, operations, working with your board, strategic planning, bargaining, education funding, fiscal management, communications, advocacy, and important policies, procedures and forms.

However, this book is only a reference point and an initial guide. Our goal is to support you and help you be successful. We can build on our collective experiences, past successes and strive to be a region that encourages innovation, creativity and student success.

We are committed to supporting your goal of providing the highest quality education for every student. The ultimate goal of Puget Sound ESD is Success for Each Child and Eliminate the Opportunity Gap by Leading with Racial Equity. The way we accomplish this together will impact the future of Washington and the world in the years to come.

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