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News Release
Educational Service District 105 Board of Directors select new superintendent - Shane Backlund to replace current superintendent, Kevin Chase, effective July 1, 2024. - 05/10/24

Yakima, WA – Educational Service District 105 is pleased to share that the Board of Directors has announced Shane Backlund as its new superintendent, effective July 1, 2024. Mr. Backlund, who currently serves as the deputy superintendent, will succeed Kevin Chase, who is retiring after a distinguished career in education spanning more than four decades. 


Mr. Backlund is an accomplished educator and educational leader, earning recognition by the Washington State Association of Superintendents (WASA) in both 2022 and 2018 for his service to students and schools in south central Washington. Prior to joining the ESD 105 in 2022, Mr. Backlund served as the Selah School District superintendent for more than ten years. 


Since becoming the Deputy Superintendent of ESD 105 in 2022, Mr. Backlund has played an essential role in ESD 105's leadership team, demonstrating a deep commitment to advancing equity, educational opportunities and community partnerships. His extensive experience within the region and his forward-thinking approach have been evident throughout his tenure, particularly in his pivotal role in spearheading our agency's strategic process planning initiatives.


“We are confident that Shane is the right person to lead our region." said Gwyn Trull, Chair of the ESD 105 Board of Directors, "Shane is a distinguished leader with a positive record in strategic leadership and operational excellence. He is skilled in relationship building and collaboration. He demonstrates strong problem solving and communication skills. He will lead the ESD 105 community of students, educators, and families with confidence and collaboration into the future.” 

Reflecting on his new role, Shane Backlund expressed his gratitude and enthusiasm, "I’m humbled and honored to be able to continue to serve an organization where I believe in the people and the mission so deeply. We have amazing educators in the ESD 105 region and I’m thankful for the opportunity to build on the legacy of leadership that makes this area such a special place.” 


Mr. Backlund’s appointment was strongly supported by all three interview panels including area school district superintendents, agency leadership and employees from across the ESD 105’s internal programs. The Board's decision reflects their confidence in Mr. Backlund’s ability to continue to forge connections that support our regions’ students and education communities. 

More information, including Mr. Backlund’s bio and professional headshot, can be found on our website at

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