Chehalis School District Superintendent Dr. Christine Moloney resigns; Rick Goble to serve as acting superintendent


Chehalis School District Superintendent Dr. Christine Moloney announced her resignation on Tuesday after four years with the district.

Executive Director of Student Achievement Rick Goble will serve as acting superintendent pending contract negotiations.

"My four years in Chehalis have been rewarding. We have an awesome school district with dedicated staff and a supportive community. I am leaving to pursue other career opportunities,” Moloney said Tuesday.

“The board wishes Dr. Moloney the best in her future endeavors,” the Chehalis School Board said in a news release.

The Chehalis School District hired Moloney as the district’s superintendent in February 2020 after former Superintendent Ed Rothlin announced his retirement effective at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, according to previous Chronicle reporting. At the time, Moloney was the chief academic officer for the Puyallup School District. She has previously worked as a teacher, principal, director and executive director, and has her doctorate, master’s degree and superintendent certificate from the University of Seattle.

"The board thanks Dr. Moloney for her years of service,” said Chehalis Board President Kelsi Hamilton. “She worked successfully during COVID to bring our students back into classrooms in September 2020, sooner than any other district our size or bigger in Western Washington by almost six months. She has taken on the lead in updating board and district policies and bringing the AVID system to help grow student performance."

The Chehalis School Board unanimously voted Tuesday to name the district’s executive director of student achievement, Rick Goble, as acting superintendent.

Prior to joining the Chehalis School District about 10 years ago, Goble taught for 10 years in the Morton School District, served as the high school principal in Winlock and held an administrative position in Tumwater. He worked as the assistant principal and career and technical education program director at W.F. West High School before he was promoted to executive director of student achievement in July 2022.

“I really feel like all of my experiences, through my education, working in education, have really kind of prepared me for this role,” Goble said of his promotion in 2022. “I've done a lot of different things and worked in different places, worked with different communities, and I'm just super excited to be here in Chehalis and to be able to work with our students and our community.”