Two months after Dr. Fredrika Smith announced her resignation as the Superintendent of Monroe School District, the Monroe School District Board of Directors has selected the district's current Assistant Superintendent of Student and School Support, Dr. Justin Blasko, to fill the position beginning July 1, 2020. In late December, Dr. Smith announced that she will be making a career shift to serve as the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning at the NWESD 189 in Anacortes beginning July 1st.
"When we hired Dr. Smith five years ago, we were very intentional about finding a leader who could take the district in a new direction. We wanted a reset of our vision, our mission, and a leader who would set us on a new path," said Board Vice President Darcy Cheesman. "Thanks to Dr. Smith's leadership, we have come so far in the past few years and I want to be thoughtful in ensuring that this work continues."
School Board President Jim Langston stated, "With Dr. Blasko's extensive educational experience, and demonstrated commitment to the Monroe School District, the board unanimously agreed that appointing him was in the district's best interest. He's an expert leader with a vision for the district that is aligned with the district's current trajectory and we're confident this will result in a smooth transition this July."
Dr. Blasko's work in the district spans 10 years serving in different positions, including Executive Director of Human Resources and the current Assistant Superintendent since 2016. He completed his superintendent's certificate in 2009 and earned a doctorate degree in Education Leadership from Seattle Pacific University in 2016. Prior to serving in leadership roles in Monroe, Dr. Blasko gained 15 years of experience as an elementary teacher, a dean of students, and an elementary school principal in the Lake Washington and Sultan School Districts. He has been instrumental in the Monroe School District's work to align elementary curriculum to ensure all students are being provided equitable access to powerful instructional opportunities through a guaranteed and viable curriculum.
Dr. Blasko and the board will be working on the terms of a contract agreement which will be finalized at a public meeting in the near future.