Sally D. McLean
Interim Superintendent, Federal Way Public Schools
The Federal Way Public Schools Board of Directors appointed Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Sally McLean as Interim Superintendent at its May 13, 2014 board meeting.
“Sally is a veteran school administrator with nearly 30 years of experience and is well respected in the school district,” said School Board President Carol Gregory. “She’s able to provide strong leadership and can hit the ground running while the board undertakes a community process to permanently fill the superintendent’s position in the coming months.”
As Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, McLean is responsible for all aspects of budget preparation and control, and oversees district and building-level enrollment projections, revenue, and spending forecasts. She helped guide the district through the difficult financial terrain of the past dozen years as the district endured $30 million in financial reductions from the state. McLean also manages district bond sales and refunds, saving taxpayers over $11 million.
Her financial management contributed to the upgrading of the district’s credit ratings by both Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s. Under her financial management, the district has earned clean audits from the state each of the past 11 consecutive years, including the most recent which concluded last month.
Beyond the financial arena, McLean spearheaded the successful conversion of a new Student Information System and is responsible for operation aspects of the district including transportation, grounds, maintenance and custodial services.
McLean has earned the respect of both district and union leadership as a member of collective bargaining teams. Additionally, she has been pivotal to the creation of the Technology Access Foundation Academy (TAFA), advocated for the district’s music program, and has been recognized by the Washington State PTSA Council as an outstanding advocate.
McLean has degrees in Decision Sciences (statistical analysis) and Human Resource Management from the University of Oregon. She also attended the Harvard Institute of Educational Leadership.