Retirements mean changes in Snoqualmie Valley school staff

This month, 19 Snoqualmie Valley School District staffers begin their retirements, and several staff changes have been made to cover their duties.

In the administrative offices of the district, retiring Assistant Superintendent Don McConkey’s role will be shared; Dan Schlotfeldt, former principal at Fall City Elementary School, will become the district’s Director of Elementary Education, and Ruth Moen’s role will transition to a Director of Instructional Support and Secondary Education. McConkey’s operations responsibilities will also be shared, between Jeff Hogan, Executive Director of Instructional Technology and Ryan Stokes, Business Services Director. Hogan will focus on teaching, learning and programs, while Stokes manages finance and operations.

Monica Phillips, the assistant principal at Twin Falls Middle School for the past year, will replace Schlotfeldt as principal of Fall City Elementary School.

Also retiring from the district office are Carl Larson, Director of Operations, Peggy Richter, Secretary to the Superintendent, Carol Monsos, Data Support Manager, Joe Zwiefelhofer, Operations, and two bus drivers, Marie Casperson and Jerry Johnson. Kim Roeber has been selected to replace Richter as the superintendent’s secretary.

Four elementary schools, Chief Kanim Middle School, and Mount Si High School are also sending off staff. Cascade View Elementary School said farewell to teachers Marilee Carter and Martha Neyland, and counselor Sandra Smelser; Fall City, to teachers Sydney Mullock and Barbara VanOeveren; North Bend, to teacher Mary Ann Scappucci, and Opstad, to teachers Sandra Bishop, Dave Brun and Sharon Piper. Carol Gauntlett retired as head secretary from Chief Kanim Middle School and teachers Art Galloway, and Margaret Lucking left Mount Si High School.

The district has already filled several positions and is seeking applicants by the first week in July for the remaining posts. For more information, visit


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