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Eatonville School Board selects Tacoma schools administrator as new district superintendent

Post by Kari Plog / The News Tribune on May 3, 2013 at 3:08 pm with No Comments »
May 3, 2013 5:16 pm

An administrator with Tacoma Public Schools was selected this week to replace the outgoing Eatonville School District Superintendent.

Krestin Bahr, the middle school director for Tacoma schools, was chosen to replace Rich Stewart, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Bahr will take over July 1.

Bahr is the first female superintendent for the school district in Eatonville, and has lived in the Mount Rainier foothills community for about nine years.

“Being the first female superintendent is an honor,” Bahr said Friday. “I take it very seriously and I hope to be a role model for young ladies, and for men who want to go into a profession that has high rewards.”

Bahr has worked for Tacoma Public Schools for about 27 years. She said she is excited to begin working in the beautiful community of Eatonville.

“I’m excited to see how I can lend my leadership in bringing us to the next level,” she said. “It’s a wonderful school district and I’m thrilled to have been chosen to lead it.”

Paulette Gilliardi, vice president of the school board, said the district is excited to move forward with Bahr and continue to educate its students.

“The staff and community have embraced her,” Gilliardi said of Bahr. “She’s passionate about educating kids.”

The board met Wednesday evening and unanimously decided to hire Bahr, ending a selection process that started in March.

Gilliardi said the board will negotiate final details of Bahr’s contract, including salary, next Tuesday. Gilliardi said the board does not have an estimate regarding Bahr’s salary.

Other finalists for the job included Chris Fritsch, assistant superintendent for Longview School District, and Shannon Webster, assistant superintendent of the Hoquiam School District.

The three finalists met at the end of April with staff and administrators at each of the schools in the district, and Eatonville citizens had the opportunity to ask finalists questions prior to the decision.

Bahr participated in her first school-related event since her appointment on Friday. She had the opportunity to meet generations of royal court members for Eatonville’s Community Day Celebration, and said she is thrilled to be involved in such a tight-knit community.

“There isn’t a more beautiful place to be,” she said.

Kari Plog: 253-597-8682

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