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NEWESD 101 selects next superintendent

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Robert Roettger to serve as superintendent of NEWESD 101 (effective July 1, 2022)


March 1, 2022

SPOKANE, WA – Completing its search for a new superintendent, the NorthEast Washington Educational Service District (NEWESD) 101 Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Robert W. Roettger has been selected as the district's next superintendent effective on July 1, 2022. Current Superintendent Dr. Michael Dunn will retire, completing his term on June 30, 2022.

Mr. Roettger has served as the superintendent of Cheney Public Schools since 2016, a district enrolling more than 5,000 students in Airway Heights, Cheney and the West Plains. His career began in the Yakima Valley where he worked as an elementary teacher, literacy coach and staff developer. Prior to becoming the superintendent in Cheney, his administrative career included five years as principal of St. John-Endicott Cooperative Schools in Whitman County and five years as superintendent for Lind-Ritzville Cooperative Schools in Adams County. Collectively, Mr. Roettger has almost 16 years of administrative experience in the northeast Washington region, including nearly 11 years as a school district superintendent. Mr. Roettger and his family reside in Cheney, WA. He and his wife Esther have five children.

"I am extremely honored to have been selected as the next superintendent of NEWESD 101," said Roettger. "I’d like to thank the NEWESD 101 Board of Directors, leadership team and staff members for allowing me to join such an amazing team and organization. I am truly looking forward to the opportunity to advocate on behalf of and serve and support the school districts and educational leaders within our region. I would like to thank Dr. Michael Dunn for the outstanding leadership he has provided to our school districts throughout his 14 years as superintendent of NEWESD 101. His leadership, support and service to the school districts in our region will most definitely be missed. I am also extremely grateful to the Cheney School District and community for providing me with the opportunity to lead such a phenomenal school system."

About NorthEast Washington Educational Service District (NEWESD) 101

NEWESD 101 promotes educational excellence by delivering essential, cooperative services to schools and other learning communities.

NEWESD 101 is responsible for the seven northeastern counties of the state, providing cooperative services in Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman counties. NEWESD 101 is the state's largest ESD in the number of districts served, counties served and geographic region served.