Goldendale School Board picks Ellen Perconti as new superintendent

The following is a press release from ESD 105, which supervised the process:

The Goldendale School District’s Board of Directors has selected Ellen Perconti to serve as its next superintendent. The school board made its unanimous selection during a special meeting on Tuesday morning. Pending finalization of negotiations, Perconti’s appointment with Goldendale’s schools will begin on July 1, succeeding 2018-2019 interim superintendent Ian Grabenhorst.

The newly designated superintendent for the Goldendale School District is currently serving leadership positions with the 211-student Grapeview School District and the Mary M. Knight School District in Elma, which has 150 students plus another 1,500 enrolled online. Perconti became the superintendent at Grapeview in 2018, and joined Mary M. Knight as principal/superintendent in 2014. She’s been a member of OSPI’s K-12 Data Governance Team, and last year negotiated to bring a full-time principal position to the Mary M. Knight school. Perconti earlier worked as superintendent/principal at Idaho’s West Bonner County School District in

Priest River during 2012-2014. Prior to that, she was with the Lewiston School District for 20 years, serving as a K-8th grade music teacher, K-12th assessment coordinator, and for 10 years as director of curriculum.

The newly selected superintendent for Goldendale attended the University of Iowa for her bachelor’s degree in music education and music therapy, then the University of Idaho for her master’s degree in music education and her Ph.D. in education. Perconti was one of four finalists for the superintendent position at Goldendale who were interviewed on March 22 and March 25. The other finalists were Gerry Washburn, former superintendent of Roseburg Public Schools; Michael Roberts, superintendent and principal of the Wishram School District; and John Westerman, principal of Goldendale High School.