Sunnyside schools continue transition

— Starting his second week on the job, new school Superintendent Kevin McKay is continuing his transition.

The School Board tonight will hear the latest phase of his transition plan.

McKay has just completed what he calls Phase II, which involved gaining school board member input on the transition, as well as continued interviews and observations of schools.

On July 1 he started the transition’s third phase, which includes reaching out to community partners, seeking public input and preparing for a board retreat.

The current phase continues through Sept. 5, the start of the 2016-17 school year.

During a workshop meeting last month, McKay shared “wonderings” based on comments he received during the transition’s first phase.

Those ranged from a “leadership void” in the district to student discipline.

The board’s workshop meeting tonight does not call for any action.

Board members tonight also anticipate receiving proposals for a new high school track.

The options from Oregon-based Beynon Sports range from $12,000 to remove six lanes and two high jump pads, to $216,205 for installation of a 10-lane track oval and two high jump pads.

The School Board meets at 6 p.m. in the Denny Blaine boardroom, 810 E. Custer Ave.


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