Superintendent Search

We are looking for a leader for our growing schools who will support diverse student needs and a tradition of providing more than a basic education.

The Richland School Board has initiated a search for the district's next superintendent. Superintendent Dr. Rick Schulte will retire from the district on June 30, 2020 and the Board is committed to finding a superintendent who will connect with the community and help its schools and students be successful.

The Board is committed to an open, transparent and collaborative process and all community members in the Richland School District are invited to participate in this effort to find the next leader of our schools.

Superintendent Search Updates

Oct. 25, 2019

On Oct. 22, Richland School Board members interviewed representatives of three consultant firms who replied to the board’s Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a superintendent search consultant services — Ray and Associates, Inc.; Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates; and Northwest Leadership Associates.

The Board set a special board meeting for Friday, Oct. 25 to ensure each board member could participate in making a decision with the same information. At the special meeting, the Board voted 3-1 to select Hank Harris of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to provide superintendent search consultant services. Board member Jill Oldson was the lone dissenting vote but said she supports the Board’s decision.

Sept. 11, 2019

The district has released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for executive search consultants interested in assisting in identifying the successor to Superintendent Dr. Rick Schulte. Dr. Schulte will retire from the district on June 30, 2020.

Search consultants have until Oct. 4 to submit their proposals to the Board. Board members are seeking a consultant with the capability, experience, and interest in finding a superintendent candidate capable of leading a district with more than 14,000 students in kindergarten through Grade 12 across 19 schools. The Board anticipates selecting the winning consultant by the end of October 2019. 

View Request For Qualifications

Questions On The Superintendent Search Process

How does the superintendent search process work?

The Richland School Board will work with a search consultant to identify potential superintendent candidates. A Community Search Committee made up of parents, community members, staff and students will assist the Board in reviewing applications. There will also be opportunities for the community at large to engage with and provide input on superintendent candidates. 

When will the new superintendent be hired?

The Board tentatively plans to announce and introduce the new superintendent on or before the end of March 2020 in order for the new superintendent to begin his or her role in the district by July 1, 2020. These dates are subject to change as the search process continues.

Why is the district hiring a search consultant?

Search consultants are frequently used by school districts to identify potential superintendent candidates. Their expertise in working with school boards in developing a list of desired characteristics, finding and screening candidates and their ability to fit a district's needs, incorporating community input and managing a high quality search process are crucial to a successful superintendent search.

When do parents weigh-in?

The Board tentatively plans to seek applications for a Community Search Committee in October 2019 with committee appointments announced by the end of November 2019. The committee is expected to begin meeting in December 2019. Other opportunities for public input on the search and potential candidates will follow in early 2020.

How many candidates will the district consider?

The total number of candidates will not be known until later in the process. The Board is seeking a large pool of candidates from which to choose the next superintendent.

What is the timing of the process and hiring?

The Board has a tentative timeline for the entire superintendent search process. These dates are subject to change as the search process continues; however, the successful candidate should be prepared to take office no later than July 1, 2020.  

How can the public follow the search process?

Information regarding the superintendent search process, including updates, will be posted to The Board will provide updates regarding the superintendent search throughout the process during regular board meetings, through direct communications to the community and via social media.

Can we know who has applied to be superintendent?

All application materials, including the names of applicants and any other personally identifiable information, will be confidential until finalists are determined by the Board.

Tony Howard
Assistant Superintendent For Human Resources
(509) 967-6006

Tentative Search Timeline

  • September 2019
    • Develop & Publish Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for search firms
    • Publicize search process 
    • Develop application for Community Search Committee
  • October 2019
    • Search firms submit bids for RFQ
    • Community members submit applications for search committee
    • Evaluation of RFQ bids and selection of search firm
  • November 2019
    • Evaluation of search committee applications and appointment of committee members
  • December 2019
    • Begin superintendent search process and search committee meetings
  • March 2019
    • New superintendent announced