Information provided by Peninsula School District.
Superintendent Terry Bouck informed the School Board on March 8 that he will retire at the end of the upcoming school year, at which time he will complete six years as superintendent in the .
Before becoming Peninsula’s superintendent in 2006, Bouck served 4 years as an assistant superintendent for Middle Level Education and Guidance with Tacoma Public Schools and 3 years as superintendent for the American International School in Lagos, Nigeria. He came up through the ranks in Tacoma first as a teacher and later as principal at Gray Middle School and assistant principal and then principal at Jason Lee Middle School. He was with Tacoma Public Schools for 32 years.
“The past six years have been the most rewarding of my career and I attribute it to our exceptional staff and school board, wonderful students, involved parents and a collaborative community. This support and commitment by so many continues to make the Peninsula School District a great place for our students to grow and learn," Bouck wrote in his retirement letter to the Board of Directors.
The Board reluctantly accepted Superintendent Bouck’s retirement letter. The School Board will hold a Special Meeting at the District office on Friday, March 16, at 7 a.m. to discuss next steps in determining a successor to Superintendent Bouck.
The Peninsula School District has more than 8,600 students in two comprehensive high schools, one elective high school, four middle schools and eight elementary schools.
Bouck sent out the following email to the parents and staff of Peninsula School District:
Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Community Members:
After much thought and consideration, I have decided to retire at the end of the current school year. At that time, I will have completed six years as Superintendent of the Peninsula School District and my 39th year in education.
I believe that collectively, with the support and commitment of the staff, the school board, parents and community, we have been able to accomplish many things, such as: school improvement planning, strategic planning, collaboration time, long-range facility planning, successful levy campaigns, community partnerships, focus on student achievement, reforms and efficiencies to mitigate budget reductions, all-day kindergarten, exceptional and innovative staff…to name a few.
There is no doubt in my mind that the Peninsula School District will continue to move forward in the years to come. I thank each and every one of you for your personal commitment and dedication in making our school district a wonderful place for kids.
It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve the Peninsula School District staff, students, parents and the community. It has been the most rewarding years of my career.
Terry Nelsen Bouck