Bremerton school board hones in on Cheney

When Bremerton School Board President Cynthia Galloway brought up the subject of finding an interim superintendent for the district as current Superintendent Bette Hyde leaves on April 15, it didn't take but a second for board member Pat Jones to blurt out an answer.

"I want to go for it and say that we ask Dr. Bev Cheney to consider serving as our interim superintendent for a few months," Jones said. "She's highly skilled and very capable."

Also, with the district facing some tough decisions in the next few months, Cheney already knows the district and would be in the best position to make decisions that won't be very popular, Jones said.

"Is that a motion?" fellow board member DeWayne Boyd asked.

"I hope so," Jones replied.

Board member Louis Mitchell joined Jones, Boyd and Galloway in their support of the motion to ask Cheney to serve as the district's interim superintendent with Galloway speaking on behalf of board member Vicki Collins, who was absent from the meeting.

"I spoke with Director Collins about this before the meeting, and she supports this decision," Galloway said.

Once the motion came to a vote, the board was unanimous in its decision to ask Cheney to serve as interim superintendent with a decision from Cheney expected sometime next week.

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