A long career is about to come to a close in the West Valley School District.
Deputy Superintendent Doug Matson will retire at the end of the school year after 31 years of service to West Valley
School board directors accepted Matson’s resignation at a recent board meeting. He spent his 31 year career in charge of West Valley's finances and has become an expert on school budgets.
During his career Matson received many awards and accolades and has served on many local and state boards. He is a two-time past president of the Washington Association of School Business Officials and a member of the state Accounting Advisory Committee, as well as the state Safety Net Committee for Special Education.
In his tenure with West Valley, Matson has worked with three superintendents and multiple school board members.
Matson said, “I sincerely appreciate the support that was provided to me. The motivation provided by a supportive board and superintendents, opportunities to get promoted, and the friendships established were a great incentive to come to the office every day.”
“I appreciate the many co-workers, staff members, and community members I have had the fortune to work with,” he added.
His three children are West Valley High School graduates.
"West Valley provided an outstanding educational experience for my children,” Matson said. “This experience allowed me the opportunity to see the district from a parent perspective. During this time, I had the occasion to meet and establish relationships with many caring and dedicated educators and support staff.”
An avid Eastern Washington University fan, Matson was selected Booster of Year in 2012. In retirement, he looks forward to following the Eagles as well as traveling with his wife Alisa, and visiting all 50 state capitals.
He concluded, “One thing is certain, I will miss being part of this organization and coming to work every day.”
The district will reorganize the business office and will not hire a replacement superintendent.