New superintendent chosen to lead Lakewood schools

Scott Peacock has been asked to fill the position. He’s worked for Snohomish schools since 1993.

The Lakewood School District Board of Directors have chosen Scott Peacock to be the new superintendent of schools.

The Lakewood School District Board of Directors have chosen Scott Peacock to be the new superintendent of schools.

LAKEWOOD — Scott Peacock has been chosen as the new superintendent of the Lakewood School District.

The district’s board of directors voted unanimously Friday to hire him. He’s taking over for Superintendent Michael Mack, who’s retiring this month.

Peacock has been working in the Snohomish School District since 1993. He was in the running with two other candidates — Ken Collins and Jennifer Kindle.

Collins is the assistant superintendent of the Lake Stevens School District. Kindle is the executive director of student learning in the Selah School District, near Yakima.

Peacock was chosen following multiple interviews, including one on Thursday. Each applicant spent a day in the district last week, talking with staff, students, parents and others. Those who joined were asked to give written feedback after.

Peacock used to teach English and history, and has been a middle school principal.

He eventually became assistant superintendent of Snohomish schools, and was promoted to deputy superintendent last year. At that time he also began to lead the district’s teaching and learning department, and special education programs. Snohomish serves 9,795 students.

Peacock is now working to earn his doctorate from the University of Washington.

The Lakewood School District has nearly 2,500 students, a number that has remained fairly steady over the past five years.

Mack has been in charge of the district since 2014. In that time the on-time graduation rate has increased from 77.9 percent to 92.1 percent. In retirement he plans to become superintendent of the International Schools Group in Saudi Arabia.

Peacock is expected start in Lakewood on July 1, pending a contract agreement.

Stephanie Davey: 425-339-3192; sdavey@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @stephrdavey.

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