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Next year will be last for Cheney

South Kitsap School District Superintendent Beverly Cheney announced on Monday she will retire from public education at the end of the 2008-09 school year, after a discussion with the school board last week.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here in the district,” she said. “It will be a good time because the baord is setting direction and we’re looking into the future.”

She said some assume she is younger than she is, but she noted she would turn 60 a month after retiring.

She does not have any post-retirement plans set, but noted she may do volunteer work for schools or other agencies.

“The first thing I want to do is relax and play,” Cheney said. “I really want to spend some quality time with my family. After that, I’m sure I’ll find some volunteer work, be it in education or some other area.”

The district hired Cheney in 2001. She had previously served in the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nev., and held a number of administrative and teaching positions in the Kent School District.

A native of Seattle, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Washington and her doctorate at Seattle University.

The district announced her retirement early to give the schools and community plenty of time to seek a new superintendent.

Director Patty Henderson noted the board would possibly hire a consultant and set up community involvement opportunities in the search process.

“We want to see what’s out there that can help us find a superintendent that will help support our district,” Henderson said. “There will be opportunities for them, school parents and people without kids, to let us know what they’d like to see in a superintendent.”

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