Bellevue Superintendent Finalists: Mark Mitrovich Says District Must Help All Students Achieve

Mark Mitrovich is the second of three finalists being interviewed in public forums for Bellevue School District superintendent.

Mark Mitrovich, the second of three finalists for Bellevue School District superintendent, said that while many students are high achievers, the district also has to look at finding aspects of education that need more attention.

"I can be 99 percent successful, but it’s that one percent – I have to be responsible there, too," said Mitrovich, currently the superintendent of the Naperville Community Unit School District.

Mitrovich said that while the Naperville district resisted inclusion of student scores on evaluations, the data taken from the scores are still important and that teachers have to "not fear" test scores.

"You can always sharpen the saw a little more. You can always take a look and say what about this kids that we have in the bottom quintile that we need to take a look at that are not performing and why," he said.

Mitrovich is the second of  to be interviewed to replace  citing family reasons.

One other candidate,  and one more, Justin (Tim) Mills, superintendent of the North Clackamas School District in Oregon, will interview on Thursday. 

Read more about the search for a Bellevue School District Superintendent on Bellevue Patch.

Mitrovich said he grew up in Seattle and much of his educational career has been in Washington.

Mitrovich was superintendent for the Peninsula School District in Gig Harbor and was the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the Kennewick School District. He also was a principal in the Clarkston School district and taught in Shelton, Oak Harbor, Dayton and Central Valley School Districts. 

Mitrovich said he left school districts to found Ed-Gate, an educational software company that later merged with EDmin.com, a web-based student assessment, technology use and implementation software company for which Mitrovich was Chief Academic Officer. 

Mitrovich is also the president and CEO of Benevolent Bean Coffee, a fairer trade coffee company that works directly with farmers in Ethiopia and assists the communities in Ethiopia with with health, education, and economic viability.

He said his experience working in a foreign country also helps him understand the challenges of families who speak primarily another language than English.

Mitrovich returned to education as the Superintendent of the Naperville district in 2009. However, 

Mitrovich said at the morning Bellevue forum that he resigned from Naperville for personal reasons -- because he wanted the job in Bellevue and he and his family wanted to return to the Northwest.

The video of the morning public forum with Mitrovich has been posted to the Bellevue School District website, and the district plans to post the evening session as well.


Alex Apostle

May 22, 2012--    445 – 128th Ave. SE
7:15 – 8:15 am Morning Community Forum (carpools suggested)
6:30 – 7:30 pm Evening Community Forum

Mark Mitrovich

May 23, 2012 at    445 – 128th Ave. SE
7:15 – 8:15 am Morning Community Forum (carpools suggested)
6:30 – 7:30 pm Evening Community Forum

Justin (Tim) Mills

May 24, 2012 at    16245 NE 24th St.

7:15 – 8:15 am Morning Community Forum (carpools suggested)
6:30 – 7:30 pm Evening Community Forum


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