The Sunnyside School District’s newest superintendent used to be a teacher in Lower Valley district at the beginning of his career.
Kevin McKay, the superintendent of Zillah School District, begins his new position on July 1.
He began his career in education as a high school teacher, which included several years in the Sunnyside School District.
“Personally, this is a career dream come true and professionally I can’t think of a better leadership opportunity. ... I am very excited to be a member of the Sunnyside team again and look forward to working together to make the SSD an even better place for students,” McKay said in a statement.
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In Zillah, he also serves as director for district state and federal programs, teaching learning and curriculum, and transportation, maintenance, and grounds.
Prior to becoming Zillah’s superintendent in 2005, McKay served as Zillah High School principal and CTE director (1998-2004), Zillah Middle School principal and athletic director (1997-1998), and assistant principal and athletic director for the Illwaco Junior and Senior High School (1996-1997).
McKay replaces Rick Cole who was arrested for drunken driving in January. Cole took a leave of absence and announced his resignation would be effective at the end of June.
Interim superintendent Mac Chambers called the search process a success. “We are thrilled Kevin wants to be in Sunnyside and bring with him all his experience and skills to help support the students and staff in our district,” he said.
McKay earned his master’s in education administration from Heritage University and his bachelor’s in education from Central Washington University.