Selah Schools Superintendent Finalist Kevin McKay Discusses His Professional Experience and Educator Burnout | Education

Selah School District stakeholders and community members heard from former Sunnyside and Zillah Superintendent Kevin McKay on Wednesday in the district’s second day of interviews with the finalist superintendents.

McKay highlighted his professional experience as superintendent of two districts, as well as the importance of individual student education and concerns about educator burnout during a community forum at Selah High School.

Selah Superintendent Shane Backlund will step down at the end of June to take over as assistant superintendent for Education Service District 105. The new superintendent will start July 1.

McKay addressed her time at Sunnyside, which began in 2016 and ended midway through the school year in December. McKay previously refrained from commenting on his abrupt departure.

He said high turnover on the Sunnyside school board when the pandemic hit resulted in a largely new board, one that didn’t share his ideas about how to move the district forward.

“It got to a place where there was a mutual understanding between the two parties, me and the school board, that it would be in the best interest of the district to move forward and go in a different direction,” he said.

He said his split from Sunnyside would not be “baggage” if he got the job at Selah.

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