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4/28/24: Troy Oliver Named NTPS Superintendent

April 28, 2024 (Lacey)—Troy Oliver will be the next North Thurston Public Schools (NTPS) superintendent, the Board of Directors decided during a special meeting this morning. 

"On behalf of the Board, I thank Troy for accepting this role," said NTPS School Board President Gretchen Maliska. "Troy has served this district extremely well for more than two decades and was an exceptional candidate in our superintendent search. He knows the staff, the community, and is himself the parent of two NTPS graduates. He is a leader who will support staff and work with the community in service to our students."

"I have been proud to work in this dynamic and student-focused district for so many years and am honored to be its next leader," Oliver said. "I look forward to working with our staff, families, and community to continue the NTPS legacy of empowering all students for success."

Oliver is in his 34th year in public education and his 27th year with NTPS, currently serving as the assistant superintendent of operations. Oliver started his career as a history teacher in Spokane before joining NTPS as principal of Komachin Middle School. Oliver has been a member of the NTPS superintendent’s leadership team since 2008, serving under three superintendents. 

Oliver attended Whitworth University in Spokane, earning his Bachelor of Arts in history with a minor in English. He returned to Whitworth and earned a Master of Education in Educational Administration in 1995, which marked the beginning of his administrative career. He earned his superintendent certification from Washington State University.

In February, the Board conducted focus groups with staff, students, parents, and community partners to gather input on the priority characteristics for the next NTPS superintendent. Community members also shared their thoughts via an online survey and had the opportunity to meet the three finalists in community meetings earlier this month.

Oliver will begin work as NTPS superintendent on July 1. NTPS Superintendent Dr. Debra Clemens is retiring in June after eight years with the district.


About North Thurston Public Schools

NTPS is a vibrant and diverse school district serving more than 14,400 students in the south Puget Sound. We serve the community with 13 elementary schools, four middle schools, three comprehensive high schools, and four choice schools. Our mission is: Committed to Excellence: Preparing all students for rewarding careers, fulfilling lives, and compassionate global citizenship. For more information:

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