Dr. Tony Apostle
During a special board meeting on November 24, the Kent School Board voted to approve the appointment of retired Puyallup School District Superintendent Dr. Tony Apostle as interim superintendent of Kent School District.
Dr. Apostle retired in 2012 after 37 years as a teacher, coach, principal, and administrator for schools in Washington State and eight years as superintendent of Puyallup schools. He led Puyallup School District through a period of unprecedented student achievement, including remarkable gains in math and science.
“We are fortunate to be able to find such a quality leader in Dr. Apostle and welcome him into the Kent School District family,” said Board President Debbie Straus. “He comes highly regarded in the state’s educational community for his expertise in school financial accountability, staff leadership, and cultural responsiveness.”
Dr. Apostle began as Kent School District’s interim superintendent on November 25, 2014. He will serve until a new permanent superintendent is named. As interim superintendent, Dr. Apostle replaces outgoing Superintendent Dr. Edward Lee Vargas, who announced in October he will step down to serve as executive vice president of AVID, a national nonprofit college readiness program, and soon will begin working full time in California. Dr. Vargas will provide necessary consultation during the time of transition.
"I look forward to joining Kent School District's strong leadership team and supportive community," Dr. Apostle said. "I will continue Dr. Vargas' student-focused approach to decision making and will work to maintain and build upon the incredible successes of the Kent School District."