Superintendent Retirement

Superintendent Brandsma Announces Retirement
Posted on 12/07/2018
Superintendent Karst Brandsma announced that he will retire at the end of the 2018 – 2019 school year. He has led South Kitsap School District over the past three years following the sudden departure of Dr. Michelle Reid in 2016. Mr. Brandsma started as a one-year interim and the South Kitsap Board of Directors extended his contract two additional years.

“It is difficult to say goodbye as I feel there is unfinished business in South Kitsap and more I’d like to accomplish,” wrote Superintendent Brandsma in a message to staff. “The people of South Kitsap are special, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here over the past three years. Thank you for doing the world’s most important work in supporting the students of our community. It has been an honor to serve and lead this district and I am thankful for the opportunity.”

The School Board worked with Northwest Leadership Associates to hire Mr. Brandsma and started a replacement search last fall. They held several meetings with staff, community members, and students. They also ran a survey to gather input on characteristics of superintendent candidates. The work was suspended when Mr. Brandsma’s contract was extended by the School Board in January 2018 for a third consecutive year.

Over the next several months, the School Board will restart the comprehensive search process and build upon the feedback already collected. They hope to have a new superintendent in place by July 1, 2019.

“Karst has led South Kitsap with integrity, strength, and compassion and we are better because of his leadership,” stated Board President Rebecca Diehl. “His wealth of knowledge and professional expertise have kept our district moving forward in a positive direction. South Kitsap School District is running well academically, financially, and culturally."