The Camas School Board has undertaken a search for our new superintendent. The education executive search firm, McPherson & Jacobson, LLC, has been hired to find the best candidate to serve our community. The information below illustrates our process and provides details for prospective candidates.

Board Narrows Search for New Superintendent

Two candidates are named as finalists in the search for the new leader of Camas schools; one candidate withdraws from the process.

After a special board meeting Tuesday night, the Camas School Board has narrowed the candidate list for the superintendent position to two finalists: Dr. John Anzalone from Las Vegas, Nevada, and Michelle Kuss-Cybula from Cle Elum, Washington.

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Selection Process
  • Public involvement
  • Recruitment and applications
  • Interviews
  • Candidate selection
  • Transition from the interim superintendent to the new superintendent
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CSD Areas of Focus
Here in Camas, we are deeply engaged in work around equity, race, and identity to better foster and support an environment in which our students, families, and staff grow and thrive.
We extend an ever-evolving umbrella of support for students, families, and staff to help sutdents develop experiences, expression, relationships, and emotional-management skills that will lead to healthful daily living.
Our current strategic planning process is paused in order for our new superintendent to have a hand in shaping its final form.
We love numbers! Our finance team developed an interactive, real-time budget website to support transparency and empower our community to dig into the data.
Camas School District’s One:World initiative (pronounced “one to world”) is connecting each student to the world around them through technology.
Thanks to the generous support of Camas voters, a $119.7 million bond issue was approved in February 2016 and is now near completion.
Get a data snapshot of our district including demographics, staffing, spending, test scores and more at the OSPI Report Card page.
Our School Board
Headshots of all five board members

The Camas Board of Education consists of five citizens of the school district elected from director districts for a four-year term. The board provides direction for the district, approving policies, making financial decisions, determining building needs, and approving the budget. The progress of the district is reviewed regularly by the board. The board relies on the superintendent for advice, but final decisions are the responsibility of the school board. Learn more about each board member.

Superintendent Search Timeline

 

Progress toward selection

September 13
Planning meeting held with Board representatives.

September 21 and 25
Board members conduct superintendent search listening posts:

  • Tuesday, September 21, at 7:00-8:00 PM at Discovery High School
  • Saturday, September 25, at 9:30-10:30 AM at Lacamas Lake Elementary

Superintendent Search Listening Posts

October 1
Superintendent position announcement is shared nationally.

October 4-15
Focus groups are held with constituents and partner group representatives.

October 6-12
ThoughtExchange survey is open.

October 11
School Board Workshop – Superintendent Search Update.

November 3
Deadline for all superintendent application materials.

November 3-16
Paper screening and reference checking of applicants.

November 8
School Board Workshop – Superintendent Search Update.

November 16
In an executive session during a special board meeting, the consultant presented top candidates to the Board, provided application materials, and discussed candidates to be interviewed.

November 17
Four candidates were announced.

  • Dr. John Anzalone; currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent – Education Services Division at Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. Enrollment: 320,000 students.
  • Heidi Harris; currently serves as Assistant Superintendent – Student Learning at Auburn School District in Auburn, Washington. Enrollment: 17,065 students.
  • Michelle Kuss-Cybula; currently serves as the Superintendent at Cle Elum-Roslyn School District in Cle Elum, Washington. Enrollment: 849 students.
  • Dr. Charlene Williams; currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent at the Camas School District in Camas, Washington. Enrollment: 7,045 students.

November 30-December 1
Interviews with selected candidates.

December 8
Two finalists announced; one withdraws candidacy

December 13
School Board Meeting – Superintendent Search Update.

December 14
Site visit at finalist’s district.

December 15-17
Possible announcement of the new superintendent pending contract negotiations.


Results From the Community Thoughtexchange

Thank you for your input to help the School Board with the selection of our next superintendent. One method we used to gather feedback is a tool called ThoughtExchange.

Click here to view the results.

The most important strength for the district are the quality teachers, staff and parents in the community. Effective Communication skills a must. The new superintendent would need to have a vision and leadership that matches the community’s and communication skills to convey them effectively.
Camas Patron, Fall 2021 Thoughtexchange