GLEN ELLYN - Glen Ellyn School District 41 Superintendent Paul Gordon will head a school district in Washington about 150 miles east of Seattle.
"I am writing to thank you for the incredible outpouring of support and kindness demonstrated to my family and I over the past few months and for my entire tenure as superintendent of this great school district," Gordon said in a March 13 letter posted on the District 41 website.
The Wenatchee School District School Board on March 12 approved Gordon's appointment.
"As I look to the next chapter, I am excited to share that I have been appointed the superintendent of the Wenatchee School District in Washington," said Gordon, who assumes his new position July 1.
The Wenatchee School District has a population of 7,600 students and includes seven elementary schools, three middle schools, one comprehensive high school, one alternative high school, a K-10 alternative parent partnership school and a technical skills center that serves a consortium of school districts, according to Gordon's letter.
Gordon was one of three finalists who interviewed for the position in February. The District 41 School Board in January voted 4 to 3 not to renew Gordon's contract, a decision that was met with displeasure by many parents and faculty members. The decision has become one of the central issues in the District 41 School Board election.
"I will miss the District 41 community and the amazing relationships made over the years," Gordon said. "I know that I will forever be connected here and I am thankful for the experience, memories and especially for the kids who kept me going on a daily basis."
Gordon's last day in District 41 is June 30. He served as District 41 superintendent since 2013.
Prior to District 41, Gordon served as chief academic officer in the Adams 12 Five Star School District in Colorado. He was also a school administrator for seven years serving as a principal and assistant principal. Prior to becoming a school administrator, Gordon worked as a teacher.
Gordon succeeds Brian Flones, who served as superintendent of the Wenatchee School District for 19 years.
“We had three incredible candidates at the end of our search,” Wenatchee School Board President Sunny Hemphill said in a news release. “Dr. Gordon rose to the top because of his dedication and focus on kids. His energy will help us continue to advance academic rigor in our district.”
"I hope to see many of you over the next few months. I look forward to finishing out this school year strong with all of you," Gordon said.