Born and raised in the Midwest, Superintendent Dr. Rick Schulte studied philosophy at Georgetown University before studying teaching at the University of Montana. He earned his master's from University of Washington and his doctorate from Seattle University.
He served in the Peace Corps and has had a career in education spanning several decades, including positions as a teacher and administrator in Montana, on the Quinault Indian Reservation and Bainbridge Island and in Bremerton. He served as superintendent of Oak Harbor Public Schools on Whidbey Island for more than 20 years. He became superintendent of Richland School District in July 2013
Dr. Schulte has guided the district through two bond measures worth nearly $200 million during his tenure, opening several new and rebuilt elementary and middle schools as the district added thousands of students. He’s also led the district through several initiatives, including implementation of full-day kindergarten, launching the district’s 1:1 Technology Initiative and early education programs such as the new Early Learning Center.