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School Board names Linda Hall as new superintendent

 

May 31, 2011

Linda Hall

The Granite Falls School Board of Directors, announced Linda Hall, who was unanimously selected as the Superintendent of the Granite Falls School District effective July 1. The Board made the announcement at its special board meeting May 17 and approved her contract at its regular meeting May 18.

School Board President Rebecca Loney stated Hall is the perfect fit for Granite Falls.

“Linda has an extensive background in special education from teaching to administration. She has a great deal of central office experience from grant writing to budget development to staff training. We are certain Linda will carry the good work of the District forward and maintain our focus on student achievement.”

Hall is the current Student Services Director and Special Services Principal for the Clarkston School District (Clarkston, Wash.). She has a BA in Special Education and Elementary Education, Masters Degree in Special Education Administration, and Superintendent Certification.

Hall’s excitement for student success was evident during her discussions with the Board, staff, and community. Her varied background will help maintain strong relationships with staff, parents, and community members, enhance the instructional program, and build a healthy fund balance for fiscal stability.

“The Granite Falls School District has a wonderful School Board, excellent administration team, and an outstanding superintendent in Karen Koschak,” Hall stated. “I am very excited to get to work and build on Karen’s foundation. The District also has a rich history of awarding winning staff, students, and programs and I am very happy to have the opportunity to work and live in the community.”

Hall and her husband are already looking for a home and are anxious to become involved in the community.

“We are looking forward to making Granite Falls our home," she said.

Last February the Board made the decision to conduct the new superintendent search without a consultant, which saved taxpayers thousands of dollars.

Spokesperson Kathy Grant stated, “The Board spent several months recruiting potential candidates, reviewing applications, and conducting extensive background checks. It was a very involved and thorough process and the Board worked hard to make sure we had the right person for the job.”

Hall will spend the next several weeks meeting with staff and reviewing programs for a smooth transition.

Grant added, “The Board is eager to welcome Linda into our District and I know Linda is looking forward to getting acquainted with the staff and community over the summer months.”

 

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