Scott Peacock has taken over as superintendent for the Lakewood School District. Since 1993, Peacock has worked for the Snohomish School District as an assistant principal, principal and deputy superintendent. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Scott Peacock has taken over as superintendent for the Lakewood School District. Since 1993, Peacock has worked for the Snohomish School District as an assistant principal, principal and deputy superintendent. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

New Lakewood superintendent brings focus on relationships

Scott Peacock wants to build on the district’s assets — the new high school and tight-knit community

LAKEWOOD — Newly appointed Superintendent Scott Peacock is bringing nearly 20 years of administrative experience to the Lakewood School District.

But he’s more focused on building relationships than advancing any personal agenda.

“(In Snohomish), if people needed to build a barn, they got together and built a barn,” Peacock said. “People come together around kids and schools here in Lakewood. That was something that really got my attention.”

The former Snohomish School District deputy superintendent was selected with a unanimous vote from the school board in June to replace outgoing Superintendent Michael Mack.

Peacock, who started July 1, said he wants to make sure the district is an inclusive place for its families.

“Whenever you’re at the apex of the organization, the biggest change is you,” he said. “Every time you go to a new place with new people, those dynamics are different. Everyone needs a place to be who they need to be. My commitment to this community is to provide places for people to have that opportunity.”

So far, he added, the transition has been smooth.

“I felt like there’s been no question I couldn’t ask,” Peacock said. “And there’s been no time where I feel like anybody hasn’t given me the straight answer. And that’s all I can ask.”

Peacock started working for the Snohomish School District in 1993. He taught English and history before becoming a middle school principal and eventually serving as an assistant superintendent.

Now, he’s at the helm of a smaller district with about 7,000 fewer students than Snohomish. Lakewood has nearly 2,500 students, a number that has remained fairly steady over the past five years.

Maintaining a budget is a challenge that comes with that, he said.

“Right now, I’m wrestling with how in the long term we, as a small district, do what we want to do in a way that’s sustainable given the fact the state isn’t fully funding education, despite all the rhetoric that’s out there,” he said.

Another focus is taking advantage of the district’s brand new high school, which was funded from a $66.8 million bond measure passed in 2014.

“If there’s certain kinds of experiences we want kids to have, how can we leverage this building to maximize those experiences,” he said.

In the classroom, Peacock said, it’s important to show students how to build meaningful relationships.

“People are talking about the social, emotional learning of kids being foundational to student learning,” he said. “It’s not always about a test or a quiz on Friday.”

Outside of the district, he’s a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington. His dissertation is on how Snohomish used New Deal policies to pull the community out of the Great Depression.

“When I look at translating that work, there’s a lot of lessons to be found,” he said.

Bringing in diverse voices and meeting with groups big and small, he added, are keys to realizing those lessons.

“That’s where the magic happens,” Peacock said.

Joseph Thompson: 425-339-3430; Twitter: @byjoeythompson.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Students arriving off the bus get in line to score some waffles during a free pancake and waffle breakfast at Lowell Elementary School on Friday, May 26, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
800 free pancakes at Everett’s Lowell Elementary feed the masses

The annual breakfast was started to connect the community and the school, as well as to get people to interact.

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring speaks at the groundbreaking event for the I-5/SR 529 Interchange project on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
$123M project starting on Highway 529 interchange, I-5 HOV lane

A reader wondered why the highway had a lane closure despite not seeing work done. Crews were waiting on the weather.

Justin Bell was convicted earlier this month of first-degree assault for a December 2017 shooting outside a Value Village in Everett. (Caleb Hutton / Herald file)
Court: Snohomish County jurors’ opaque masks didn’t taint verdict

During the pandemic, Justin Bell, 32, went on trial for a shooting. Bell claims his right to an impartial jury was violated.

Gary Fontes uprights a tree that fell over in front of The Fontes Manor — a miniature handmade bed and breakfast — on Friday, May 12, 2023, at his home near Silver Lake in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Everett’s mini-Frank Lloyd Wright builds neighborhood of extra tiny homes

A tiny lighthouse, a spooky mansion and more: Gary Fontes’ miniature world of architectural wonders is one-twelfth the size of real life.

Will Steffener
Inslee appoints Steffener as Superior Court judge

Attorney Will Steffener will replace Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Janice Ellis, who is retiring in June.

News logo for use with stories about Mill Creek in Snohomish County, WA.
Police: Mill Creek man fatally stabbed wife amid financial woes

After quitting his job at Amazon, the man amassed about $50,000 in debt, triggering a discussion about finances, he told police.

Outside of the current Evergreen Recovery Centers' housing to treat opioid-dependent moms with their kids on Thursday, May 25, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
$8M in behavioral health grants to benefit children, youth, families

Snohomish County awarded one-time federal funding to five projects that will reach at least 440 new people each year.

A PUD vehicle drives along Lovers Road under newly-erected power poles that will eventually connect Stanwood and Camano Island on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
To keep Camano lights on, PUD builds a new power line

The new line establishes a second electrical connection to Camano Island, which will help maintain power in windstorms.

Highway 9 is set to be closed in both directions for a week as construction crews build a roundabout at the intersection with Vernon Road. (Washington State Department of Transportation)
Weeklong closure coming to Highway 9 section in Lake Stevens

Travelers should expect delays or find another way from Friday to Thursday between Highway 204 and Lundeen Parkway.

Most Read