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Superintendent Search

The Ferndale School District Board of Directors is beginning its search for the next superintendent and is looking to lead a transparent process with all partners and stakeholders. Input from its community partners will help shape the profile of what they are looking for in the district’s next leader. The search process will run throughout the school year, with the goal of a new Superintendent starting on July 1, 2022. Selecting a new Superintendent is one of the most important decisions a school board makes for a district. Finding and hiring the right leader is critical to the success of students and staff. 

Students, parents, staff, and the community in the Ferndale School District are invited to participate in this effort to find the next leader of our schools.

Here's how you can participate:

  • Complete the online survey
  • Attend one of the Virtual Focus Groups (Nov. 9 or 10)
  • Attend the candidate interviews (March 19)
  • Attend community forums with each candidate (March 21, 23, 24)

Superintendent Finalists

The Ferndale School District Board of Directors has selected three finalists for Superintendent: Dr. John Parker, Dana Rosenbach, and Dr. Kristi Dominguez. The three finalists will each spend a day in the district this week, meeting with staff, students, and community members, followed by a final interview with board members in executive session.  

Candidate district visits (resume linked): 

March 21- Dr. John Parker 

March 23- Dana Rosenbach 

March 24- Dr. Kristi Dominguez

The community is invited to attend public forums with each candidate on March 21, 23, and 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the Horizon Middle School Commons, 2671 Thornton Road. There will be a virtual option as well. Attendees will be given the opportunity to ask the candidates questions and provide feedback for the board to consider.

This page will be updated with links for virtual options on Monday. 

View Candidate Bios 

March 24 Community Forum: watch here

Dr. Kristi Dominguez Feedback Form: click here

Superintendent Semifinalists

The Ferndale School Board has selected six semifinalists to interview for the superintendent vacancy. The group of candidates includes highly qualified individuals who come from a wide variety of districts.

The semifinalists will each participate in a 50-minute interview with the school board on Saturday, March 19th, at Horizon Middle School, 2671 Thornton Road, Ferndale. A virtual viewing option will also be available. The community is invited to watch the interviews, and submit feedback to the board on each of the candidates through forms provided.

Semifinalists include Daniel Chaplik, Dr. Karin Dominguez, Dana Rosenbach, Paul Peterson, Heather Leighton, and Dr. John Parker.

The interview schedule for March 19 is as follows:

Time Candidate Candidate Resume
8:00-8:50am Dr. Karin (Kristi) Dominguez, Current Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning in Bellingham School District Dominguez Resume
9:00-9:50am Daniel Chaplik, Current Superintendent in Sultan School District Chaplik Resume
10:00-10:50am Dr. John Parker, Current Director of Innovation at Colegio Nuevo Granada International School Parker Resume
11:00-11:50am Dana Rosenbach, Current Superintendent at North Mason School District Rosenbach Resume
11:50am-12:45pm Lunch Break  

Heather Leighton, Current Middle School Principal at Ferndale School District

Leighton Resume
2:00-2:50pm Paul Peterson, Former Middle School Principal and Superintendent at Scappoose School District Peterson Resume


To watch online


Online viewers can provide feedback through online feedback forms. Individual feedback forms will open immediately following each candidate and will remain open for 30 minutes. For example, the first interview is scheduled for 8-8:50am. The online feedback form for that candidate will be open from 8:50-9:20am.

Similarly, those attending in-person will be provided with physical feedback forms and collected promptly after.

You can find the links to those forms below. 

Semifinalist Feedback Forms

Following the interviews, the board will meet in executive session to narrow the selection to three finalists.

On March 21, 23, and 24, each finalist will spend a day in the district, meeting with various employee groups and visiting different departments and buildings. Additionally, there will be a community forum with each candidate at 6pm at Horizon Middle School. There will be opportunities to ask the candidates questions during their visits and provide feedback to the board for consideration during their final deliberations.

On Friday, March 25th, the board will hold a public meeting to announce their selection.

Survey Links

Contact Information

Celina Rodriguez
Director of Communications & Community Engagement, FSD

Mark Venn 
Northwest Leadership Associates

Wayne Robertson 
Northwest Leadership Associates