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Dr. Mark Wenzel was recognized at a special board meeting last week for his tremendous contributions to the Anacortes School District as superintendent for the past seven years. 

In his final message to the board, he spoke about the community’s support for Anacortes schools, and for the hard work and dedication of all district staff in support of students. 

“My time here in Anacortes has been so meaningful for me and my family. I am proud of the many achievements we have made together,” said Wenzel. “I have been incredibly lucky to have worked with such a dedicated team - board members past and present, district staff and an engaged community. To a person, everyone is committed to doing what is right for our kids.” 

During his tenure, Wenzel led the district through many initiatives, including a voter-approved technology levy, high school construction bond, new strategic plan, long-term facilities plan and the adoption of new curricula. 

“We are so appreciative of Dr. Wenzel’s hard work and commitment to our district,” said board president Bobbilyn Hogge. “He truly has gone above and beyond in service to our students, families, and staff. We will miss him, both personally and professionally, and wish him and his family all the best in their next adventure.” 

In his final evaluation, the board rated Wenzel as “distinguished,” noting significant progress on the district’s annual goals, including development of the district’s equity policy, implementation of the “Schoology” learning management system, further development of social-emotional learning programs, and continued curriculum review, all amidst the coronavirus pandemic and physical closure of schools.  

Colleagues, board members, and students also thanked Wenzel in a video message, which can be viewed on the district’s YouTube page. Wenzel and his family leave Anacortes for Singapore this summer, where he will lead an international school. Dr. Justin Irish takes over as superintendent on July 1. 

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,678 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

298 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
37,483 Fully Vaccinated
52,143 Initial Doses Given


362,276 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,632 Hospitalizations

5,422 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 21, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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