Oak Harbor school chief moves on

Whidbey Island’s longest-serving superintendent of schools is moving on. After 20 years as the Oak Harbor School District’s superintendent, Rick Schulte is leaving.

Richland School District announced Monday it has selected Schulte as its new superintendent.

Pending contract negotiations, Schulte will start his new job July 1.

Schulte, 64, told the Oak Harbor School Board he did not want his contract renewed after the 2013-14 school year. He came to Oak Harbor in 1987 as assistant superintendent and took over as superintendent in 1993.

His 20 years leading the same school district is believed to be the second longest active streak in the state.

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