Two seeking Zillah schools’ top job

Candidate interviews set for tomorrow


Doug Burge


Justin Irion



The School District may have found its next superintendent close to home.

Middle school Principal Doug Burge and Hilton Elementary School Principal Justin Irion have applied for the post, School Board Chairwoman Sandra Adams said this morning.

“They’re both very professional, highly regarded in the district,” she said. “They’ve done fabulous jobs in their buildings. I have the highest regard for them professionally.”

Burge, 50, retired earlier this year after coaching the boys varsity basketball team for 23 years.

Irion, 34, is the district’s director of special education.

They are seeking to replace Kevin McKay, who accepted the top education position in the Sunnyside School District.

The board meets at 6 p.m. tomorrow in executive session to review the two candidates. The session is at the middle school, 1301 Cutler Way.

“We’ll interview these two and check their references,” Adams said.

Yesterday, was the deadline for in-district candidates to seek the post being vacated by McKay, who starts work July 1 as superintendent of Sunnyside schools.

McKay, himself, was promoted to the superintendent post after previously working in the district as the high school principal.

The board’s next steps will depend on how tomorrow night goes, she said.

Action is not expected tomorrow after the executive session concludes.

But Adams said the interviews and reference checks will determine whether the district begins a wider search for McKay’s replacement.

“We don’t have a definite timeframe for a decision,” Adams said. “We’ll do the process and make a decision on the candidates.”


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