July 27, 1995 in Washington Voices

Stanley Named Interim Superintendent At Cv

By The Spokesman-Review

Central Valley School District’s assistant superintendent was selected Monday night to serve as superintendent during the 1995-96 school year.

Wally Stanley, who has been second in charge and personnel director since 1993, will take over when Superintendent Dick Sovde leaves the district on July 31.

“I certainly appreciate the confidence that the board has shown in requesting that I serve,” Stanley said after the announcement was made at the board’s regular meeting Monday. “I’m a little bit humbled by the challenge.”

Sovde, who has been with CV for nine years, was chosen on June 23 to be superintendent of the Puyallup School District, near Tacoma. Puyallup has 17,000 students and 2,000 employees; CV has 10,100 students and 1,100 employees.

The CV School Board will conduct a nationwide search for a superintendent during the school year. The board plans to hire a consulting group by Aug. 14 to assist with the search and hopes to hire a superintendent by early spring. That person, however, would probably not start until July, said Kay Bryant, CV school board president.

All board members have stressed the importance of community involvement in the search for a new leader.

Board members met last month with representatives of the Washington State School Directors Association, who informed them of their search options.

Board members also asked WSSDA to contact retired superintendents from around the state who might serve as interim superintendent while the board conducted its search for Sovde’s replacement.

Although 10 retired superintendents were contacted by WSSDA officials, only one expressed interest in the interim position. This was partially because of state retirement guidelines that permit a person receiving retirement benefits to work only 90 days before moving from “retired” to “employed” status.

“Through it all,” said board member Linda Tompkins, “Wally’s experience and credentials were in confluence with what I personally felt we needed.”

Other board members echoed Tompkins’s thoughts.

It’s important for the district to have someone with experience who knows the district’s needs and strengths, said board member Cynthia McMullen.

“Wally has certainly shown his ability to do that,” she said.

Stanley has been with CV since 1967 and has held such positions as assistant director of personnel, supervisor of special education, coordinator of pupil services and lead speech clinician.

He has a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology from Washington State University and a master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from Eastern Washington University.

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