School administrator from Southern Washington named new Sequim superintendentÂ

SEQUIM – He knelt on one knee and clinched it.

Bill Bentley, assistant superintendent of the 25,000-student Evergreen School District in Vancouver, Wash., will move to Sequim to become its top school administrator.

The Sequim School District Board of Directors voted unanimously Monday to hire Bentley to replace the departing schools superintendent, Garn Christensen.

Bentley, a towering figure, impressed the board several ways, including by hunkering down to converse with a kindergartner at Helen Haller Elementary School on Wednesday, said board president Sarah Bedinger.

“He is clearly someone who will be committed to Sequim and committed to kids,” she said, adding that he seemed an ideal fit for the district’s mission statement: to “inspire and achieve excellence in the academic, creative and physical potential of each student.”

“He struck us as the most likely to stay here and have an impact,” Bedinger said. 

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