McDermoth principal calling it quits

The Aberdeen School District Board on Tuesday accepted the resignation of McDermoth Elementary School principal Marc Anderson. Anderson has been at the school for three years and will leave at the end of this school year.

Superintendent Tom Opstad said Anderson, a native of the Olympia area, wanted to leave to be closer to family. The process will be similar to the replacement of longtime A.J. West Elementary principal Bill O’Donnell last year.

Opstad said postings will go up with the Association of Washington Principals and the Washington Association of School Administrators through about March 11, the district will review any applications and likely choose a replacement after spring break and conferences.

The timeline leaves plenty of room to pick a candidate and have him or her ready to go by the standard July 1 contract start date, well ahead of the 2013-14 school year.

Opstad said the district isn’t specifically looking to promote from within, but all interested parties are welcome to apply.

In Anderson’s time at McDermoth, Opstad said he had done a lot of work with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction because of McDermoth’s status as a focus school. Focus schools are among the lowest-performing 10 percent of Title I schools, and work closely with the state on improvements. Aberdeen has three focus schools.

“His skill set in that area has really increased with the learning curve all of us have with the new regulations that we face,” Opstad said.