Prewitt tabbed as next superintendent
Last updated 6/17/2021 at 3:16pm
DAVENPORT –High school principal Chad Prewitt will be the school district’s next superintendent after Jim Kowalkowski retires following the 2021-22 school year, which the school board officially approved at a special June 9 meeting. Prewitt will take the reins after 10 years as Davenport High’s principal and 19 years in education overall.
“I never really thought I’d be superintendent, but there was never a thought of leaving,” Prewitt said. “My family loves it here, and I couldn’t ask for a better situation.”
Prewitt’s family has lived in Davenport since he became principal nine years ago, and his three children, in 6th, 3rd and 1st grade, have been in the district since they began their grade schooling life. Before coming here, he taught in the Sprague-Lamont School District for nine years.
He said his hiring is not a testament to his personal accomplishments, but the accomplishments of the high school staff and his educational mentors.
“This has more to do with the staff than with me,” Prewitt said.
Prewitt singled out outgoing teachers Rawleigh Fisk, Karen Brewster and Jean Parsons, as well as Linda Patterson.
“They really accepted me when I arrived nine years ago,” Prewitt said. “I carry Linda’s teachings with me, and she left an imprint on my mind and heart.”
He also credited Kowalkowski, who recommended him as the superintendent successor.
“Jim is one of the best superintendents in the state,” Prewitt said. “I can’t say enough good things about him.”
Prewitt sung the praises of the school district and high school he’s come to love, as well as the Davenport community his children are growing up in.
“I love this place. Academically, we’re one of the strongest schools in the state,” Prewitt said. “I love the kids here and I love our staff…we have a lot of things in the works that I’m really proud of.”
The board’s unanimous and quick approval requires a contract to be finalized before Nov. 29 for Prewitt’s hiring to be official, but the Twisp, Washington native is on the way to taking over the superintendent job operated by Kowalkowski for the past 14 years.