Former Shoreline Schools Superintendent is new Interim Superintendent for Seattle Schools

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Larry Nyland
Schools Administrator
The new interim superintendent of Seattle Schools once held the same position for Shoreline Schools.

Larry Nyland, former Shoreline resident, was named interim Shoreline Schools superintendent for the 1997-98 school year after MAK Mitchell left the district. Although he was a popular administrator, terms of his contract did not allow him to be considered for the permanent Shoreline job, which went to Marlene Holayter.

During one year as interim superintendent in Shoreline, Nyland helped:

  • Develop renewed trust and relationship with labor groups.
  • Win voter approval for renewal of local tax initiative to support schools.
  • Create a district focus on school improvement around literacy

Nyland was given the 1998 Red Apple Award by the Shoreline PTA Council.

He went on to be superintendent of the Marysville School District, helping that district to recover from the wounds of a bitter teachers' strike which had divided the community and the school board. After nine years at Marysville where he raised the graduation rate from 50% to 72%, he retired to form an education consulting firm.

He was named to the Seattle job on July 18. His contract will be ratified by the Seattle board on August 20.


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