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Bainbridge Schools tabs replacement for Chapel

This summer already was set to see the shuffling of leaders at Bainbridge schools.

Deputy Superintendent Faith Chapel will take over for retiring Superintendent Ken Crawford, who will serve as Superintendent Emeritus into early next year.

Now comes the missing link – Julie Goldsmith, who was tabbed by the school district Monday to fill the role set to be vacated by Chapel.

“Bainbridge has such an outstanding reputation,” said Goldsmith, who has spent the past four years as Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Central Kitsap School District. “It’s such a great opportunity – who wouldn’t want to come here.”

As she did in her former job, Goldsmith will oversee instruction and curriculum, this time on Bainbridge. Though similar to what she’s done in the past, her new role will give her more responsibilities, which also was appealing, she said.

Goldsmith has 34 years of teaching and administrative experience. Prior to her work in Central Kitsap, she served in various leadership roles within the Lake Washington School District.

A Vancouver, Wash. native, she graduated in 1974 from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education, before earning a continuing elementary/secondary teaching certificate from Portland State University in 1981; she earned her Masters of Education in School Administration at Seattle University in 1989.

She’s also taught in Alaska, where she met her eventual husband, Bill.

The couple have two grown children.

Closer proximity to family and Bill’s job in Seattle were additional draws to working on Bainbridge.

They’re already looking for homes, Goldsmith said.

“We would love to live on the island,” she said. “We really like the community and we have friends there.”

Goldsmith has presented at educational conferences around the state and country and is active in several professional organizations.

She was chosen from a “small but impressive” pool of applicants, according to a district release.

“We are very pleased with the depth of expertise Julie will bring to the organization,” Crawford said. “As important, she seems to possess an open and welcoming demeanor that is consistent with our collaborative culture.”

Goldsmith said she’s eager to get started, though she won’t officially join the district until July.

“I’ve met some great people already,” she said. “I’m very excited.”

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