Herndon’s application to another district no surprise, top BSD officials saysApril 5th, 2013 by Chris Henry
Wayne Lindberg, director of finance and operations for Bremerton School District, said Friday the news that Superintendent Flip Herndon was applying for superintendent of the Renton School District did not come as a surprise to him or other top BSD administrators. Herndon had earlier informed his “cabinet” of his intentions, since part of the application process involves interviewing a candidate’s current school district.
Lindberg furthermore wasn’t surprised that Herndon — who in 2012 applied for superintendent of the Puyallup School District — was continuing his search for a position in a larger, more urban district closer to Seattle. Herndon bought a home in Bremerton after he was hired in 2009, but his family lives in Seattle.
“It wasn’t a surprise, because we knew he wanted to get back on the other side of the water to be close to his family,” Lindberg said.
Asked how he feels about the prospect of losing Herndon, 43, to another district, Lindberg said. “It’s unfortunate, but a young upwardly mobile person, it’s not unexpected.”
Lindberg said Herndon has contributed to the district’s financial stability by encouraging a move toward paperless record-keeping. He also pushed for a science-math focused program at what is now West Hill STEM Academy.