As of Wednesday, April 18, 2018
GRANGER A Sunnyside man will lead Granger schools next year following the retirement of Superintendent Margarita Lopez.
The Granger School Board chose Brian Hart as the next superintendent during a special meeting Monday night, April 16.
School Board President Paul Golob confirmed the choice Tuesday evening.
Hart could not be reached for comment on his new job that starts July 1.
Finishing second in the selection process was Granger High School graduate Robert Elizondo, currently a middle school principal in Walla Walla.
To come to Granger, Hart will leave the post of district executive director of teaching and learning in the Sunnyside School District.
The superintendency came open when current Superintendent Margarita Lopez announced her planned June 30 retirement.
Hart has served as the teaching and learning director since 2010.
Previously, he was the assistant principal and then head principal at Sunnyside High School between 2001 and 2010.
A native of Sunnyside, he is a graduate of Sunnyside High School.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in education in 1997 from Eastern Washington University.
He completed his superintendent credentials in 2009 and will defend his Doctoral dissertation in June at the University of Washington.
Hart began his career as a history teacher at Toppenish High School in 1997 and moved to Sunnyside in 1998. He earned his principal certification from Central Washington University in 2001.
Granger isn’t the only area school district that will have a new leader July 1.
The Mabton School District is nearly ready to wrap up its selection process while Kiona-Benton School District is just beginning its search for a new leader.
Prosser School District also recently selected Matt Ellis to lead that district.