District names Top 3 finalists

Superintendent candidates hail from county

— Three Yakima County residents have been selected as finalists for the School District’s superintendent vacancy.

They are:

  • Kevin McKay currently serves as the Zillah School District superintendent. He 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 was 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). He began his career in education as a high school teacher.

McKay earned his Master’s Degree in education administration from Heritage University and his Bachelor of Arts in education from Central Washington University.

  • Mark Anderson is the superintendent of Highland School District in Cowiche.

Prior to taking that position in 2009, he served as superintendent for three Montana school districts, Lone Rock (2007-2009), Fairfield Public Schools (1999-2007), and Opheim Public Schools (1997-1999).

He began his career as a high school teacher.

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

  • Kurt Hilyard is the superintendent for Union Gap School District and has held that position since 2006.

His prior experience includes serving as superintendent for the Conrad School District (1996-2006), superintendent and transportation director for Fort Benton School District (1990-1996), superintendent and K-12 principal for Scobey School District (1988-1990), and superintendent and K-12 principal for 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 University of Montana.

Sunnyside School District patrons will have the opportunity to interact with the candidates and provide feedback for the Board of Directors at a community meet-and-greet from 7:30-8:30 p.m. April 18 in the Lincoln Gym, 1110 S. 6th Ave.


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