Office of the Superintendent
Karst Brandsma, Superintendent, 360.279.5008
Karst Brandsma returns to Oak Harbor where he served one year as Interim Assistant Superintendent under former Superintendent Dr. Lance Gibbon’s first year. Since his retirement in 2009, Brandsma has helped five school districts successfully transition to new superintendents.
Recently, Brandsma served as Interim Superintendent for the South Kitsap School District. After serving one year, the South Kitsap School Board extended his contract two additional years before announcing his retirement.
A lifelong educator, Brandsma began his career as a teacher and coach in the Tumwater School District. He later had stints as an administrator in Peninsula and Tacoma. A former Director of Secondary Education and Technology, Brandsma earned his superintendent credential from Seattle Pacific University in 1998. Brandsma served as Deputy Superintendent of Everett Public Schools from 2001-2008 and then Interim Superintendent from 2008-09.
Brandsma returns to Oak Harbor with a wealth of experience and knowledge in education. The Oak Harbor School Board worked with Northwest Leadership Associates, a highly regarded regional superintendent search firm, to help them navigate the selection process.
Dwight Lundstrom was named the district’s Assistant Superintendent in 2019 after serving the last 15 years as Oak Harbor High School’s Principal. A native of Montana, Lundstrom has served in education for 31 years. Under Lundstrom's leadership, OHHS has seen all-time-on-time high school graduation rates of over 90%, national and international awards and successes, nearly $90 million in construction projects and much more. Dwight is a tireless advocate for students and their learning and is highly respected in our community. For his efforts, the district recognized him as the 2016 Administrator of the Year.
A graduate of Colorado State University in 1988, Lundstrom’s education career has spanned three states: two years in Hoxie, Kansas, eight years in Salida, Colo., and the remaining years on Whidbey Island. He returned to school and received his Masters of Education from Western Washington University in 2002 and his superintendent credentials in 2017 when he also interned in the district. One of the major aspects of his internship was seeing the district switch from two middle schools to one fifth and sixth-grade intermediate school and one seventh and eighth-grade middle school.