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Former superintendent working as consultant for school district
A familiar face is roaming the hallways within the South Kitsap School District.
Bev Cheney, who served as SKSD’s superintendent from 2001-08 and 2012-13, has returned to the district as a paid consultant.
Superintendent Michelle Reid said Cheney is assisting the district as it expands its all-day kindergarten offerings and the implementation of the Spanish immersion program at Burley-Glenwood Elementary School.
“We’re running pretty lean here at the district office and all of the transitions with people,” Reid said. “Bev’s been just a lifesaver. She’s done a fantastic job.”
Cheney’s contract specifies that her work as a consultant not exceed $20,000. It estimates that she will be utilized for 300 hours at approximately $66 per hour.
“Because she’s under contract and not an employee, it’s a very reasonable financial arrangement,” Reid said. “Her experience in the community has really been helpful.”
Reid said she contacted Cheney earlier this year when district officials began to contemplate Spanish immersion and the all-day kindergarten expansion.
“She’s one of the real authorities, I think, in this state on early childhood development,” Reid said. “It’s just a gift for us that she’s sharing her time and talent.”
Cheney has maintained a residence within the district’s boundaries since her retirement and was excited when Reid sought out her input.
Her role involves researching both programs. In the case of all-day kindergarten, which SKSD has offered as a tuition-based program since 2010 at Olalla Elementary School and the following year at Manchester Elementary School, Cheney has coordinated with teachers at both schools and others. She wants to “streamline” the program as much as possible.
“I think the big thing with going district-wide is getting that consistency, so no matter what school they attend all-day kindergarten they’re going to get what they need,” she said.
“It’s focused on educating the students to be innovated leaders of the future. I think it’s giving our community kids a head start.”