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Thursday, May 22, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-25 A section of the Mason County Journal Belfair iii ii Thursday, May 22, 2014 - Serving the communities of Belfair, Allyn, Grapevlew, Tahuya, Board chooses new superintendent Hood Canal native is Longview school administrator By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncounty.com Dana Rosenbach, the ex- ecutive director of leadership and learning at Longview Public Schools, was selected Tuesday to be superintendent of the North Mason School District. Rosenbach replaces David Peterson, who has served as the district's superintendent for seven years. Peterson, 59, was signed to a three-year contract to be the superin- tendent of the Nampa (Idaho) School District. He assumes his new duties July 1. Rosenbach grew up on the Hood Canal and has more than 20 years of experience in education. Rosenbach was selected in an unani- mous vote by the mem- bers of the North Ma- son School Board at a special meeting. Rosenbach She was one of the three finalists who were each given a day to meet the community. School board member John Campbell said he is impressed by Rosenbach's "range and depth." "She has the perspective of an administrator, and a theo- rist -- she's a doctoral candi- date -- and as a parent ... and she's a teacher," he said. Rosenbach earned her bachelor's degree from Wash- ington State University and her master's in education administration degree from California State University, Northridge. She is a doctoral candidate in education leader- ship at WSU. Rosenbach worked as a middle school principal in the Walla Walla School District, where she completed her su- perintendent internship. She also worked as a teacher at many grade levels, a mid- dle school principal in Port Townsend and a consultant for publisher SRA/McGraw Hill. see NEW BOSS, page A-26 Taking a break A dragonfly perches on a blade of grass on a marsh near Camp Spillman in the Tahuya State Forest last week. Herald photo by Gordon Weeks Faith in Action seeks contractors for $2.2M project By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun corn After five years of planning, sav- ing ,and fundraising, construction on Faith in Action's HUB senior center is scheduled to begin as early as this summer. Executive Director Patti Kleist said the organization hopes to find a local contractor to handle the $2.2 million project. "We need the jobs in Mason County," she said. Faith in Action is seeking inter- est and is gauging qualifications from general contractors based in Mason or Kitsap counties for construction of the center, situated on state Route 300 in Belfair. Qualified contractors must be able to secure a performance bond for ma- terials and labor on the full value of the project, including sales tax and contingency, and have adequate insur- ance. Kleist said it is important to her to use a local contractor if possible, or encourage their future contractor to work with local subcontractors. The organization is getting neces- sary permits and negotiating a con- tract with a company to complete the preliminary site work for the senior center. "That's all in place to begin within the next few weeks," Kleist said. Faith in Action has collected al- most $3 million, made up of a loan, $1.7 million in state funding and community donations to build a cen- ter for North Mason seniors to gath- er. The initial project will finish the building's ground floor. A subsequent project, which does not yet have funding, will finish a second floor, which will contain office space for the organization. "We're getting very, very close," Kleist said. see CONTRACTOR, page A-26