By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
Everett Public Schools Superintendent Gary Cohn announced his retirement to staff and the public on Friday, January 11, 2019. He will be retiring this summer after ten years with the Everett School District and 39 years as an educator.
In an Everett Public Schools news release, current and former Everett School Board members praised Cohn’s performance.
Board president Carol Andrews said, “In addition to seeing the vision and understanding the goals, Gary is able to strategize to accomplish the big goals and pay close attention to the details necessary to achieve that vision. For example, our graduation rate increases are incredible! Ninety-five percent of our students now graduate in four years. That kind of success doesn’t just happen in the senior year or even by starting in the freshman year.”
Andrews also pointed out that Cohn’s leadership resulted in the district success in helping low income students achieve, “Four out of 10 of our students live in poverty… Everett is the only district of 6,000 or more students in the state in which every school outperforms what the statistics project based upon poverty levels in our schools. This is an example of the power of change and continuous improvement when you have a broadly held vision and clear goals.”
Past board member Ted Wenta said, “It was an honor and pleasure to serve as school board president when he was recognized as Superintendent of the Year in 2017 – out of 295 districts in the state. This award was richly deserved and a recognition of his commitment to the students of our state in his 39 years in public education.”
In his announcement to staff Cohn credited them for improvements at the district, “Our achievements are possible only because everyone in the organization played well their key roles – no matter how big or small they might appear to the casual observer.
He went on to say, “The Everett Way of making school the best part of each student’s day and continuously improving how well and what students learn is the best part of this work.”
The Everett School District press release stated, "Dr. Cohn described his time in Everett Public Schools as the most rewarding of his career."
The Everett School Board will soon begin the recruitment process to find their next superintendent.
“We’ve been fortunate to have had the stability and leadership of a long-time superintendent,” said President Andrews.
She went on to say, “Now we must launch a process to recruit another, and we know it’s important to do so early. That process will be an agenda item for upcoming board meetings. I believe Everett Public Schools’ reputation will draw many high-quality candidates, and we know there will be strong community interest in how we make the selection.”
Click on the following link to see a summary of achievement over the past ten years: Everett Public Schools Achievements Executive Summary.