Camas, WA — The Camas School Board met Wednesday night in special session and unanimously voted to appoint John Anazalone, Ed.D as the new superintendent for Camas School District, administration officials said this afternoon.
Pending contract negotiations, Anzalone will take the helm at Camas School District on July 1, 2022.
Anzalone is currently an assistant superintendent for Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. On Tuesday, board President Tracey Malone and Board member Erika Cox visited Anzalone’s district to meet with staff and get a feel for Anzalone’s leadership style and reputation among his peers.
“It was clear that the staff hold John in high regard. We were impressed with how John is able to support and nurture school communities in such a large system with a wide range of diversity and needs,” said Board President Tracey Malone. “Although we are a much smaller system, we feel like John has the experience and the heart to lead our district.”
“I very much appreciate the time Tracey and Erika took to visit and get to know the district that supported me for many years,” said Anzalone. “I firmly believe that creating strong, personal connections with students and staff members is how we make a larger district feel small and a smaller district feel like family.”
Anzalone was named as an assistant superintendent for Clark County School District in 2021, and he has 16 years of experience in school administration at both middle and high school levels in his current system. He holds a doctorate from Walden University and a master’s from the University of Phoenix.
“As we head into the new year, I plan to visit Camas often to start creating those connections to hit the ground running on July 1,” Anzalone said.
“This has been quite a journey, and we are thankful for the hundreds of people, including staff, students, parents, and community members who helped us make this decision,” added Malone. “We are excited for the next chapter in Camas School District’s story and for John to help us write it.”