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By Jonathan Olsen-Koziol
Cheney Free Press 

Personnel changes continue at Cheney School District


Last updated 3/10/2022 at 10am

CHENEY – Major staff shakeups continue to play out at the Cheney School District (CSD). In addition to looking for a principal and superintendent and hiring a new spokesman, the District is now looking for a head coach for the boys’ basketball team after coach Tierre Warren resigned.

“His vision and the vision the school had weren’t on the same page,” said Cheney High School Athletic Director Tim Kennedy. “When different levels are operating on different plans it’s hard to mesh.”

Kennedy said CSD will begin its search for the next head coach. However, with the District’s ongoing search for a new principal and superintendent, looking for Warren’s replacement may not begin until after April.

“I don’t want to hire a new basketball coach until the new principal (situation) is ironed out— I want to get the best candidate possible,” Kennedy said.

Warren could not be reached for comment regarding his resignation. Cheney’s current principal Troy Heuett declined to comment on his move from CSD.

While CSD looks for a new principal, Superintendent Rob Roettger will continue at his post until July 1. After that he’ll take his place as the superintendent of NorthEast Washington Educational Service District (NEWESD) 101.

“ESD is one of those opportunities that comes along very infrequently,” Roettger said.

Roettger’s role with the NEWESD 101 will be quite the departure from his current role. His position entails providing support and resources to school districts of all sizes on the eastern side of the state. NEWESD101 has 59 public schools and over 40 private and charter schools within its boundaries.

“What interests me in this position is that you have the opportunity to work with a lot of school districts in the region,” Roettger said. “That opportunity to serve and provide leadership at the regional level— that’s what interested me. Just that chance to serve and support a multitude of districts in the region.”

Supporting school districts of different sizes is something Roettger feels uniquely qualified to do. He’s been part of Washington’s educational system since was an elementary school teacher in Yakima Valley.

“I really felt like my previous experiences made me a good fit— I was a principal at St. John-Endicott, I was a superintendent of Lind-Ritzville, and those school districts are also within the ESD,” Roettger said. “So all of those experiences together just prepared me to support at the ESD level.”

CSD is located within NEWESD’s district which will allow Roettger to continue serving the Cheney community.

Mitch Swenson is the Cheney school board’s president. He’s grateful for Roettger’s leadership during his six-year stint as superintendent.

“We truly wish him and his family the very best,” Swenson said in an email to the Cheney Free Press. “He has been such a strong advocate for our kids, our teachers, our administrators, our bus drivers, food service and heath care staff during his tenure at Cheney.”


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