• School Board now seeking input on superintendent search

    Dear MISD community,

    We need your input to help the School Board with the selection of the Mercer Island School District’s next superintendent. To gather your feedback, we're using a tool called ThoughtExchange. Your participation is crucial and valued.

    Click here to participate: https://tejoin.com/scroll/653671880

    You'll be asked to respond to one open-ended question, to consider and assign stars to some ideas shared by others (20 to 30 is ideal), and to learn what's important to the group. You can rate as many thoughts as you’d like before moving on to Discover, where you can see all the thoughts sorted by average star rating.

    Your thoughts and stars are confidential. You can come back as often as you'd like to participate and in fact, we ask that you do come back to star new ideas shared since you first participated. The ratings will help the Board understand the most important areas to focus on as they work to select the next superintendent.

    Participation will be open until Friday, October 8.

    If you need technical help, please call ThoughtExchange at 1-800-361-9027 ext. 4 or email help@thoughtexchange.com

    Thank you in advance for your help and input.

    For more information visit: www.thoughtexchange.com


    Superintendent Donna Colosky has announced her plans to retire effective July 31, 2022. The School Board has begun discussing the process of selecting her successor. This page will be updated regularly with summaries on School Board meetings regarding the selection process.

    Regular school board meetings are open for public viewing (visit the agenda page for a Zoom link) and are recorded for later viewing. There is a public input segment at the start of these meetings. To sign up for public input, you must submit a form at least one hour before the start of the meeting. The form and instructions can be found here.

    Study sessions are open for public viewing but are not recorded. No action may be taken at study sessions. The schedule of meetings can be found here. Please check back on this page for the most current information on School Board activity regarding the selection process and upcoming opportunities to provide feedback. The School Board can be reached via e-mail at any time at board@mercerislandschools.org.

    9/23/21: Regular Meeting
    The Board voted to move forward immediately with a Thought Exchange seeking public input regarding the next superintendent. The language of the Thought Exchange question will be attached to the meeting minutes.

    9/23/21: Special Meeting/Executive Session
    The Board held an executive session pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(g) and RCW 42.30.110(1)(i).

    9/14/21: Special Meeting/Study Session
    The Board reviewed draft questions to ask in soliciting community input on the superintendent selection via Thought Exchange. The Board decided on a single open ended question (following the best practices recommended by Thought Exchange). This will be passed to district communications staff to implement.

    9/8/21: Special Meeting/Study Session
    The Board held a preliminary discussion of what questions to ask in soliciting community input on the superintendent selection via Thought Exchange. The president and vice president will generate a draft for the Board to review at its next study session.

    The Board approved setting up a superintendent succession communication webpage and the first set of entries for regular updates. The Board also approved using the Thought Exchange tool for gathering feedback on the next superintendent.

    8/24/21: Special Meeting/Study Session
    The Board began the work towards finding the next superintendent. The study session included a presentation by a representative from ThoughtExchange. Discussion occurred about using this tool to gather community, student and staff feedback on the next superintendent, as well as other matters affecting the District.

    8/12/21: Regular Meeting
    The Board agreed to focus on gathering community input towards the superintendent search. The Board will hold weekly study sessions on Tuesdays which will be announced on BoardDocs, under the School Board tab on the District's website. The first study session will cover the discussion management and feedback tool, ThoughtExchange. https://www.thoughtexchange.com/ No action will be taken at study sessions. Any needed action will occur at a regular board meeting.