The Camas school board interviews the 4 best candidates for leadership



The Camasonians have one more chance to influence the Camas school district’s search for a new school principal.

Videos of the top four candidates for school district superintendent can be viewed on the district’s website (camas.wednet.edu) and the public can complete an online survey until 5 p.m. on Friday, December 3. School board members will review public polls. before making their final decision.

Camas School Board President Tracey Malone said many community members contacted the school board after the board announced on November 17 that it had selected four candidates from a pool of 17 applicants.

“Community members are already doing their own research,” Malone said at the school board meeting on Nov. 22. “We know this is the biggest decision we make as a board of directors, and we don’t take it lightly.”

Board members said they plan to decide on a new superintendent during the week of Dec. 13, but Malone said on Nov. 22 that board members “won’t make a decision if they are not ready “.

The school board, along with a select group of staff, students, parents and community members had the chance to meet with each of the four candidate superintendents earlier this week, Tuesday and Wednesday, November 30 and 1. December, and the board members could visit candidate school districts next week if they need more information, Malone said.

Former Camas School District Superintendent Jeff Snell, who had led the Camas School District for the past decade – as Assistant Superintendent from 2011 to 2016 and as Superintendent from 2016 to 2021 – has left the district in July 2021 to become superintendent of nearby Vancouver public schools. .

Camas School Board appointed District Elementary Education Director Doug Hood to act as Acting Superintendent for the 2021-22 school year, and hired consultants from McPherson & Jacobson to conduct research national superintendent.

The consultants, along with school board members, garnered public input throughout the Superintendent’s research – hosting in-person “listening posts” in September; the opening of an online thought exchange that attracted nearly 400 participants in October; and meeting with 10 different stakeholder groups including students, staff, teachers and other members of the Camas community.

On November 16, the school board met with consultants McPherson & Jacobson to review a list of the top seven candidates that the consultants had selected from a list of 17 candidates.

The board narrowed the list down to its top four nominees, including:

  • Charlene Williams, who has been the Assistant Superintendent of the Camas School District since 2016;
  • John Anzalone, assistant superintendent of educational services for the Clark County School District, which has 320,000 students in Las Vegas, Nevada;
  • Heidi Harris, assistant superintendent of student learning for the Auburn School District, which has 17,065 students, in Auburn, Wash.; and
  • Michelle Kuss-Cybula, principal of the 849-student Cle Elum-Roslyn School District in Cle Elum, Wash.

To view interviews with each of the four candidates and complete an online survey, visit camas.wednet.edu/about-csd/2021-superintendent-search. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, December 3 at 5 p.m.


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