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News Release
Melito Ramirez Headshot
Melito Ramirez Headshot
College Place Public Schools Expected to Lose a Board Member, Gain an Employee - 05/21/21

College Place Public Schools Board Member, Melito Ramirez, is expected to step down from his position on the board representing Area #2 Wednesday to take a position of Transportation Supervisor with the district.  This is pending board approval at the CPPS Regular Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 26, 2021.  Ramirez has served on the board since October of 2018.  

The position opened in February when Carman Gerking announced her retirement and after a six week search, Ramirez was offered the position.  CPPS officials knew at the time they would be hiring the Washington State Classified Employee of Year, but did not know that Ramirez would be named the Department of Education “Recognizing Inspiring School Employees (RISE)’” recipient.  Mr. Ramirez was awarded the national award earlier this week.

Melito began his career in education in College Place Public Schools fulfilling numerous roles from migrant liaison, bus driver, Special Programs secretary, to custodian from 1981 through 1991.  It was at that time that Ramirez fell in love with the small, rural school district and connected with the students in CPPS; particularly the migrant students who shared his past.  He went on to have a successful career in Walla Walla Public Schools serving as Intervention Specialist after leaving College Place Public Schools.

Superintendent Jim Fry stated, “At first I was surprised to see Melito’s name in the pool of candidates for this position, but after talking with him about his desire to return to the district where he began and make a difference in this community, it was crystal clear.”

The CPPS Board of Directors will have to accept his resignation from the Board Wednesday night before approving his hiring into his new position.  “He has been such a tremendous part of our board these past few years it will be really hard to see him go,” said CPPS Board Chair Mandy Thompson, “but we know that we are gaining an incredibly talented and committed employee in Melito.”

Pending the School Board approval, Ramirez will begin his new position July 1, 2021.  “Earlier this spring I was offered the Transportation Supervisor position in College Place School District which will allow me the opportunity to impact a greater number of students in a broader spectrum.  My work as a representative of the classified staff of Washington State and the nation will continue,” stated Ramirez.


Attached Media Files: Melito Ramirez Headshot