• 2016 Superintendent Search

    April 11, 2016


    The Sunnyside School District is pleased to announce the three finalists that will be interviewed for the superintendent position.

    Mark Anderson is currently the superintendent of Highland School District in Cowiche, WA. Prior to taking that position in 2009, he served as superintendent to the Lone Rock School District (2007-2009), Fairfield Public Schools (1999-2007), and Opheim Public Schools (1997-1999), all located in Montana. He began his career in education as a high school teacher.

    Anderson earned a Masters of Educational Leadership from the University of Montana and a Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education from Northern Montana College.

    Kurt Hilyard is currently the superintendent for the Union Gap School District and has held that position since 2006. His prior experience includes serving as the superintendent for the Conrad School District (1996-2006), superintendent and transportation director for the Fort Benton School District (1990-1996), superintendent and K-12 principal for the Scobey School District (1988-1990), and superintendent and K-12 principal for the Brady School District (1986-1988), all located in Montana. He began his career in education as a math teacher.

    Hilyard earned his Masters of Education in School Administration from the University of Montana.

    Kevin McKay currently serves as the Zillah School District superintendent. He currently also serves as director for district state and federal programs, teaching learning and curriculum, and transportation, maintenance, and grounds. Prior to becoming superintendent in 2005, McKay served as Zillah High School principal and Careers in Technical Education 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). He began his career in education as a high school teacher.

    McKay earned his Masters in Education Administration from Heritage University and his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Central Washington University. 

    March 29, 2016
    The community is invited to attend a meet and greet with the finalists for superintendent. The meet and greet will take place April 18, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Lincoln School Gym. Ask questions, get to know the candidates, and provide your input to the Board of Directors. 
    District staff will have the opportunity to meet with the finalists on April 18 from 4 - 6:10 p.m. at the District Office.
    Classified Staff - Room 23
    Certificated Staff - Room 20
    Each staff group will have forty minutes to ask questions, get a feel for each candidate, and provide your input to the Board of Directors as they make the final decision.
    If you are unable to attend the staff sessions, please feel free to attend the community meet and greet at 7:30 p.m. in the Lincoln School Gym.
    March 14, 2016
    The application, job description, and district brochure have been posted to Education Consultants, LLC, website for potential candidates to review. Instructions on how to apply for the position are included in the district brochure. Please take a look!
    Application Time Frame
     Position Closes    April 8, 2016 
     Selection of Finalists April 11, 2016
     Interview Finalists April 18, 2016 
     Superintendents Named in Timely Manner  
     Superintendent Reports  July 1, 2016
    March 8, 2016 
    Thank you to everyone who attended the input sessions over the last two days. Our consultants were very impressed with the thoughtful and detailed feedback they received. They will provide this feedback to our Board of Directors in order to finalize the job posting which should be posted this Friday.

    Let us know what leadership qualities and characteristics you would like to see in the next superintendent!

    Two opportunities for community members to share information are available, March 7, 2016, at 7 p.m. at Sierra Vista Middle School located at 916 N. 16th St., and March 8, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Denny Blaine Boardroom located at 810 E. Custer Ave.
    Below you will find a list of staff-only sessions throughout the district, and if you are unable to attend at your designated time, please join one of two community sessions listed above.
    This is a volunteer opportunity, but the information collected is valuable and will be reviewed by the school board as they work to finalize the position announcement. The process should take approximately 45 minutes. We appreciate everyone's time and we hope to see you at one of the sessions.


      Time and Date



      March 7 @ 10 a.m.

      Transportation Office


      March 7 @ 11 a.m.

      District Office Rm. 20  

      Nutrition Services Staff     

      March 7 @ 2:15 p.m.

      Harrison Commons

      Custodial Staff

      March 7 @ 3:15 p.m.

      Maintenance Facility


      March 7 @ 4 p.m.

      Harrison Commons


      March 7 @ 4:30 p.m.

      SHS Science Lab Rm. 129

      District Office Support Staff

      March 8 @ 9 a.m.

      District Office Rm 20


      March 8 @ 10:30 a.m.   

      District Office Rm. 20

      Secondary Teachers and Coaches  

      March 8 @ 3:15 p.m.

      SHS Media Center

      Elementary Teachers and Coaches
      March 8 @ 4 p.m.      Harrison Media Center  
      Security Staff
      March 8 @ 4:30 p.m.   SHS Media Center
     Feb. 19, 2016 
    The Sunnyside School District Board of Directors has begun a search for a superintendent. To assist us in the process, we have hired Spokane-based Education Consultants, LLC. This firm has an excellent history of helping school boards in the search process, most recently, ESD 105 in Yakima. 
    Brian Talbot, an advisor for the firm, will be in Sunnyside on Tuesday, Feb. 23, to work with board members and District staff on a plan of action. More information about the process will be available then, so please stay tuned!
    A Message from the President 
    One of the most important roles of a school board is the selecting and hiring of a superintendent, who will be responsible for the direction of our district. A superintendent oversees all aspects of a school district, including hiring quality staff members, managing funds and maintaining facilities, and building positive relationships with the community.
    Our goal is to have staff, students, parents, and community members involved in the process as much as possible, so please watch for updated information as it comes available.
    We appreciate your support and patience as we embark on this important process.
    Steve Winfree
    President, Board of Directors