San Juan Island School District postpones action to renew superintendent’s contract

The decision to renew San Juan Island School District’s superintendent was postponed from the board’s original agenda for the Feb. 15 meeting.

The contract for district superintendent Danna Diaz, Ph.D., is through June 30, 2020. Ralph Hahn, chairman of the board, said they are working on her written review.

Diaz has worked for the district since July 1, 2015. She lives in Friday Harbor with her mother, who Diaz noted is “85 years young.” Her daughter, son-in-law and grandson live in Texas.

Diaz sits on the fundraising committee for the Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor; executive committee of San Juan Island Prevention Coalition; and executive committee of Leadership San Juan Islands, in which she is also the co-curriculum chair.

She also helped plan the recent visit of American labor leader and civil rights activists Dolores Huerta to Friday Harbor and the screening of her new documentary “Dolores.”

Diaz sits on committees of the Washington Association of School Administrators and Northwest Education Service District 189 Superintendent Advisory Council and is a board member of the national Latina organization called MANA.

Diaz was hired by the school district in 2015, after being the assistant superintendent for the El Paso Independent School District in Texas for two years.

She also served as director of student engagement for Fort Worth Independent School District and as regional superintendent for the School District of Philadelphia. She earned a Ph.D. in educational administration at the University of Texas.