When asked what the interview process was like for Michelle Kuss-Cybula, the new Cle Elum-Roslyn School District superintendent, she said it was like running a marathon with questions coming from every direction.

Students, school board members and community members all had the opportunity last week to ask Kuss-Cybula, and other potential superintendent candidates why they thought they were best for the job.

After all the questions were asked and conversations wrapped up the Cle Elum-Roslyn School Board set its eyes on Kuss-Cybula. The other finalists were Danny Frazier, Robert Bowman and Ellen Perconti.

“For me, it was an opportunity to hear what people are most excited or proud about within the Cle Elum-Roslyn School District,” Kuss-Cybula, said. “Throughout the day you go through a roller coaster of emotions, but as the day progressed, I really just got more and more excited about what I was hearing … and all the hard work that people put into making this school district the flagship of the community.”

Kuss-Cybula is ready to step into the role as superintendent July 1.

Kuss-Cybula’s entry plan is to get her feet on the ground moving quick and wants to implement a structured listening forum to allow people and faculty around her a place to vocalize ideas.

Kuss-Cybula wants to understand the ins and outs of what people are most excited about in their work as well some of the things they’d like to see as next steps for the Cle Elum-Roslyn School District.

“For me, it comes back to being a good leader means listening to the people and really being able to gather as much anecdotal data as well as looking at district data about some things that Gary (Wargo) has led and honoring those decision. … I might have some ideas along the way, but it needs to be grassroot structured.” Kuss-Cybula said.

Kuss-Cybula was born and raised in upstate New York and decided to move her family west in 1999.

Kuss-Cybula said she liked that in the upstate New York town she lived in everyone knew each other. She decided the next place she moved she wanted to look for a similar quality of life.

“The small community feeling attracted me to Cle Elum … so I was really looking for some of those same values that I could also apply as my role as superintendent in a community that I live and love,” Kuss-Cybula said.

Kuss-Cybula served as a middle school principal, an assistant principal in Sedro-Woolley and an assistant principal in Oregon for a total of 10 years. Kuss-Cybula also taught art education in New York and Oregon for seven years. Kuss-Cybula holds a Washington state superintendent certificate from Western Washington University.


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