Edmonds School District Superintendent Nick Brossoit on Friday announced that he is retiring at the end of this school year.
Brossoit, who has worked in education for 32 years and has served the district as superintendent for the past 12 years, sent a message to district employees Friday morning about his decision.
The superintendent said that he announced his retirement now so that the school board will have “ample time to through a process to select the next leader.”
Prior to being named Superintendent of the Edmonds School District in 2004, Brossoit served as superintendent of the Tumwater School District from 1994 to 2004. Before becoming a superintendent, Brossoit held the positions of Assistant Superintendent, Director of Special Programs, and High School Assistant Principal in the Burlington-Edison School District. In his early years in education, 1983 to 1987, he served as a teacher and a coach.
Brossoit graduated from Seattle University with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership in June 1992. In 1987, he completed his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration at Pacific Lutheran University, and obtained his Bachelor’s of Arts Degree at Pacific Lutheran University in 1983.
According to a biography page posted on the district website, Brossoit — who is married with two step-sons and two grown children– is looking forward to spending more time with his family.
Here is the full letter sent to employees:
December 4, 2015
With a heart filled with gratitude and respect for the transformational work you do in our public schools, I am writing to let you know that I notified our Board of Directors of my plan to retire at the end of this school year. By announcing now, it will allow the Board ample time to go through a process to select the next leader. During the transition to a new superintendent, I remain committed to our school system.
We have accomplished great things and I sincerely value the relationships we have formed. It is not an easy decision as I like being engaged with you in this important work as we go forward. Still, this decision will better honor and support my family interests. I am excited about the next steps of my life, and looking forward to making a positive impact in other ways.
This coming summer, I will have worked 32 years in public education, with the last 12 years as Superintendent of the Edmonds School District. I chose a career in public education because it would make a positive difference in the lives of young people, just as teachers and coaches had a positive influence in my life growing up. My job changed over time from teaching and coaching to building and district administration; and then, it changed again with the last 22 years working as a superintendent. Still, in each position, the deep sense of purpose has always been the same. I treasure the opportunity I have had to meet so many great people, and feel blessed to have been able to work in such a meaningful profession.
I look forward to seeing many of you in the normal course of work through the balance of this school year. I will be forever grateful for your dedication and efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of our students.