Nampa hires Washington administrator

The Nampa School District has a new superintendent.

David Peterson will start July 1, after trustees for the state’s third-largest school district voted unanimously to offer him the superintendent’s position Thursday. Peterson’s annual salary will be $140,000.

David Petersen
David Peterson

“We are excited for Superintendent Peterson to join us and we look forward to working with him to begin charting the future of the district,” board chairman Daren Coon said.

Peterson has been superintendent in North Mason School District in Belfair, Wash., since July 2007.

“I am so humbled and excited to join Team Nampa,” said in a news release. “I have been impressed by the commitment, passion and excitement the staff and community have to create a great future for our kids, our schools and community.”

Peterson is Nampa’s fourth superintendent since 2012. Interim Superintendent Pete Koehler will retire in June.

Peterson has nearly 35 years of experience in education starting as a preschool teacher and advancing to hold positions as a principal, central office administrator and school district superintendent.

Peterson previously was an assistant superintendent in the Oak Harbor (Wash.) School District and central office administrator and principal in the Arlington (Wash.) School District. Peterson earned his superintendent’s credential from Seattle Pacific University and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Washington.

Peterson is married to Peggy Ellis, the director of elementary teaching and learning for Central Kitsap School District in Washington.