Edmonds School District Superintendent announces retirement

Nick Brossoit
Nick Brossoit

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

Dear Colleagues:

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.


  1. Dr.Brossoit has lead ESD 15 in a way that creates public confidence and was very instrumental in the effort for the McCleary school funding case. His monthly round table meeting afforded the general public to learn about the working of the ESD and he was always quick to provide complete and understandable answers for us non educators.

    He will be missed. I wish him well.

    1. Mr. Haug: There are always two sides to every story. I don’t share your positive view of Mr. Brossoit in the slightest.

      1. Mr. Haug and I have made an effort to educate ourselves with the issues being dealt with by ESD by attending the superintendent’s monthly roundtables for the past 10 years.

        I fully agree with Mr. Haug’s comments.

        1. Mr. Wambolt & Haug: You two are educating yourselves based on the information they choose to give you during the roundtables. As I said before there are two sides to every story and evidentially you only have one side. I think I would have a better grasp on the things that really go on at the district as I am a former employee.

  2. My experience with the district goes back 2000 and involves much more that attending a few Round Table Sessions. I have done a number of things with the district to gain my understanding of its inner workings. Worked as a math tutor, selected for an outstanding volunteer award and worked with the math folks on assessing new math materials, worked with the technology dept to tutor kids on computer skill, worked with tech dept on the tech levy, put a training program together for the Para Educators on math tips for tutoring, and working on an evaluation team in selecting a new assistant superintendent, conducted a couple of seminars for two elementary schools, served on the board of Powerful Partners, a tutoring organization. Also represented the ESD as a board member for the Educational Service District serving Edmonds. During these experiences I have had numerous group and one on one sessions with Dr Brossit and his staff. As a tax payer in the district for the last 40 years, I have always asked tough questions and received fair, complete and untainted responses. While I do not have the experience as a paid staff member my unpaid volunteer work has allow me to learn much about the ESD and its leadership. So my views are toned by more than a few Round Table discussions and I stand by my earlier comments.

  3. The sycophant comments above attributed to Supt. Broissoit is yet another reflection of how District employees — and their duped “volunteers” — airbrush the heinous renditions characterizing the Edmonds district. Both sycophants above somehow forget that the Edmonds Board itself TWICE reprimanded Supt. Broissoit during his short tenure there. And even an 8th-grader knows that an official reprimand is a severely-watereddown compromise after legal wranglings…

    There are also the numerous media investigations that are easily cited online…

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