Published January 29, 2013
Olympia School Board hires McLane principal, extends superintendent contractLisa Pemberton, staff writer
McLane Elementary Schools Monica West gets to remove the word interim from her title. The Olympia School Board unanimously voted 5-0 Monday night to hire West permanently as the 350-student schools principal; she assumed the post on a provisional basis in August. Over the past few weeks, I have connected with many groups and individuals about how Monica has been doing as principal, and the feedback Ive received has been excellent, said superintendent Dick Cvitanich. I am very pleased that our McLane students and families, as well as Monicas colleagues, will be able to lean on her skills, leadership and many years of experience as we begin planning for the next school year and beyond. West has a bachelors degree from the College of Idaho, a masters in educational leadership from Portland State University and administrative credentials from Seattle Pacific University. Before leading McLane, she was assistant principal and dean of students at Jefferson Middle School. She also served as the districts math instructional specialist, and was Capital High Schools dean of students. I am very excited about being a permanent part of the McLane family and helping each student achieve their very best, West said. In other news, the Olympia School Board unanimously approved a one-year extension to Cvitanichs contract. He has been at the helm of the 8,800-student school since last July, and his new three-year term will expire June 30, 2016. Cvitanichs annual salary, which is $178,275 a year, and other conditions in the contract did not change, according to district spokeswoman Rebecca Japhet. Read more about Cvitanichs contract in this Olympian archives story.