Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Desired Characteristics for the Next Superintendent

Highline seeks to be a leader in being an anti-racist organization focused on eliminating racism, racial and other identity inequities, and institutional bias.

Desired Characteristics for the Next Superintendent

The following are the desired characteristics for the next Highline Public Schools Superintendent. The following summary of personal characteristics and attributes, skills, and experiences includes analysis of input gathered during focus group listening sessions, student and stakeholder survey results, and responses to open-ended items on the stakeholder survey. 

Dedicated advocate for children who:

  • Continues the promise of knowing every child by name, strength and need
  • Champions the importance of equity throughout the school system
  • Listens to and values the student voice in decision-making
  • Prioritizes the safety of and sense of security for students 
  • Builds partnerships with local business, community nonprofits, and governmental organizations to enhance opportunities for children
  • Wants to make a long-term commitment to Highline’s success

Highly effective communicator and sincere relationship builder who:

  • Is highly accessible and approachable to people throughout the district
  • Interacts with all employee groups by seeking broad-based input, engaging in two-way dialogue, and making decisions that balance the interests of all stakeholders impacted by those decisions
  • Communicates regularly and transparently with the larger community to understand their perspectives and foster support for a high-quality school system
  • Advocates for the needs of Highline at the state and federal levels in order secure the necessary resources for student success

Knowledgeable instructional leader who:

  • In response to COVID recovery, brings all stakeholder groups together around instructional priorities, best practices, performance measures, and the social-emotional needs of students, student families, and staff
  • Is cognizant that the world is changing rapidly and that Highline must prepare students for the opportunities and challenges of both today and tomorrow
  • Understands the importance of differentiating instruction and support programs to meet the unique and diverse needs of varying groups of learners within Highline
  • Is able to balance the tension between bold and innovative leadership and the need for curriculum consistency, program stability, and staff capacity
  • Drives the district to create and support equal access and multiple paths for success in both career and college options
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and successful implementation of dual language and student bi-literacy programs
  • Prioritizes equity in budgets and spending around student needs

Thoughtful systems thinker who:

  • Collaborates to develop a powerful, cooperative Board/Superintendent team to guide the District forward
  • Holds leaders at all levels within the organization accountable for mutually agreed upon measures of success
  • Ensures that Highline’s support functions and personnel align with school level needs
  • Is a servant leader and lifelong learner with the humility to consider different ideas and own mistakes
  • Facilitates responsible financial planning aligned with system priorities and available capacity


Erinn Bennett
Director of Special Projects