Washougal schools superintendent to retire

first_imgApproaching the end of her contract with the Washougal School District, Superintendent Dawn Tarzian says she will retire when this school year is over. Tarzian, 59, first shared the news with other district leaders at a Tuesday night board meeting just after the first special election results were released for Washougal’s construction bond measure. The district then publicized the news Wednesday.As of Wednesday afternoon, the $57.7 million bond measure was passing by a slim margin, sitting about seven-tenths of a percentage point above the necessary 60 percent approval threshold. The measure — which would fund the construction of a new elementary school and replacements for Jemtegaard Middle School and Excelsior High School — is likely to become Tarzian’s legacy with the district. But regardless of whether it maintains enough support as the final votes are counted, Tarzian said she planned to announce her retirement that night anyway.“I knew that either way, there was a new chapter,” she said. “I thought that this was a natural time for there to be a new leadership chapter.”last_img read more