Federal Way Schools narrow search for new superintendent

The Federal Way School Board has narrowed its search for a new superintendent to four candidates.

Using input from telephone and online surveys, public meetings and advisory committee input, the board and a search firm worked to establish screening characteristics, interview questions and the selection process.

The search firm, Ray and Associates, connected with 266 individuals from 41 states about the vacancy. Of these, 41 completed applications were received by the deadline of Feb. 25.

Ray and Associates recommended 11 applicants from the pool of 41, based on the board’s criteria. Those 11 applicants included six individuals from Washington state, and others from Michigan, Georgia, Minnesota, Texas, and Wisconsin. The search firm also conducted a thorough investigation of the top 11 applicants — contacting references, state officials, and others who know the applicants.

The four semifinalists have been invited to interview with the board on March 17 in executive session. Following that interview, the board will again reduce the pool to either two or three finalists. The finalists will return to the district to interview on March 25 and 26, with two community forums scheduled for the public.

For more information on the search process, and updated information on the community forum schedule, visit the Superintendent Search page at