Schoolsuperintendent Derrington resigns

Published on Thu, Mar 16, 2006 by ara Nelson

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School superintendent Derrington resigns

By Tara Nelson

Blaine school superintendent Dr. Mary Lynne Derrington announced March 14 that she will resign from her post at the end of the 2005-06 school year.

The move comes after Derrington was offered a teaching position at Western Washington University’s (WWU) Woodring College of Education in Bellingham. She will be teaching aspiring superintendents and principals in educational administration programs at the college. She will also be responsible for some research and publications.

Derrington said because she has been teaching as an adjunct professor at WWU in the evenings for more than 15 years, she thinks it will be a comfortable transition.

Derrington also said that although she has valued her experience with the Blaine school district, she is looking forward to handing down what she calls, “a dream job for my successor.”

“I’ve enjoyed working with the team here and it’s been an incredible experience,” she said. “It went fast, but this opportunity presented itself now and I could not pass it by.”

School board member Pebble Griffin said the board will miss her dedication.

“Her leaving is certainly our loss,” she said. “We’ll miss her, but the opportunity arose unexpectedly and we’d never hold someone back.”

Derrington was hired as Blaine superintendent in July of 2003. Prior to that, she worked as superintendent in the Chimacum, Washington School District for eight years, assistant superintendent in Port Angeles, and held positions of principal and director of curriculum in Kelso.

Her teaching experience ranges from kindergarten to university and includes more than a year in the American International Schools in The Hague, Holland.

Derrington earned her doctorate of education degree from the University of Washington, her graduate degree from Portland State University and her undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University.

Derrington’s last day will be June 30. The Blaine school board will employ John Fotheringham again to do a search for the next superintendent.