NEWS: Lake Wash SD Superintendent Jane Stavem resigns less than two years after being hired


Today the Lake Washington School District Board of Directors accepted the resignation of its superintendent, Dr. Jane Stavem. She resigned less than two years after being hired to take a position as superintendent in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In the announcement published today, she explained the change was prompted because of “needs that have emerged” related to care for her extended family over the last six months.

Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent, Lake Washington School District

Dr. Stavem was one of a three finalists the school board considered to lead the state’s second largest school district. She was hired on June 29, 2018.

Here’s the full announcement from LWSD and then below that the announcement from Sioux Falls SD.

Dr. Jane Stavem announces resignation from Lake Washington School District

Mar 6 2020

Accepts position as Superintendent in Sioux Falls, South Dakota effective July 1, 2020

Redmond, Wash. – Dr. Jane Stavem, the Superintendent of Lake Washington School District (LWSD), today announced her resignation from the District, effective June 30, 2020. She has accepted a position as Superintendent in Sioux Fall, South Dakota, effective July 1, 2020.

I have loved my time in Lake Washington School District and planned to stay much longer,” stated Dr. Stavem. “This return to the Midwest allows me to be in much closer proximity to my extended family and care for needs that have emerged for them over the last six months.”

The Board of Directors will meet to determine next steps for the selection process to name a new Superintendent. 

Here’s the announcement released today from Sioux Falls School District.

Welcome Dr. Jane Stavem – Sioux Falls School District New Superintendent

After a national search that included highly qualified internal and external candidates, the Board of Education for the Sioux Falls School District is excited to announce that our new Superintendent is Dr. Jane Stavem. Dr. Stavem fits the desired characteristics and leadership profile that was created by HYA and Associates through extensive community and staff input.

In her 31 years in education, she has served as a music teacher, Director of curriculum and instruction, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent. Her knowledge of curriculum and assessment will be a great strength as we continue to strive to meet the goals within our Strategic Plan. Married with two adult children, Dr. Stavem looks forward to becoming part of the Sioux Falls community. Dr. Stavem, who grew up on a farm in Nebraska, has worked in a variety of states, mostly Minnesota and Nebraska, with both large and small school districts and will bring a unique perspective with her to Sioux Falls.

We are excited to welcome Dr. Stavem and her family to our community effective July 1, 2020.