Mark Ross has been selected as new BGPS Assistant Superintendent

May 29, 2014 BGPS Web


May 29, 2014 

Battle Ground Public Schools’ Interim Superintendent Duane Rose, and incoming Superintendent Mark Hottowe, have recommended Mark Ross as the new Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning. This is a top-level position in the district office and oversees the coordination of curriculum and staff development, as well as federal and state programs. The recommendation will go to the Board of Directors for final approval at the next meeting scheduled for Saturday, May 31. 

Ross, who is currently serving as principal of Heritage High School in Evergreen School District, received his superintendent credential in 2007 from Washington State University, Masters of Education in School Administration in 1993 from Western Washington University, and Bachelors of Arts in History in 1987 from the University of Washington. In addition to serving as a high school principal, Mr. Ross has served as Executive Director for Secondary Learning at Evergreen School District and Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning at Washougal School District.

Superintendent Hottowe said the team selected Ross because of his years of leadership experience. “This was a tough decision with multiple fine candidates,” said Hottowe. “I am continually impressed with the quality of leaders within the district and am confident Mr. Ross will bring added value to this team.” Upon board approval, Ross will make the transition to the new position July 1.

The district began searching to fill the position after current Assistant Superintendent Marcia Christian announced her retirement earlier this year. Christian has served the Battle Ground district for 38 years in a variety of roles including: teaching multiple foreign language classes, president of the Battle Ground Education Association, assistant superintendent of human resources, and assistant superintendent of teaching & learning. She has many notable moments in her career including starting the Japanese program at Prairie High School in 1986 where she found a sister school in Hamamatsu, Japan allowing students the opportunity to study abroad. “Marcia has been a wonderful leader, and we want to thank her for years of outstanding service,” said Rose. “We wish her the best and look forward to the positive impact Mr. Ross can make on the district.”


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