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4/6/2013 2:56:00 PM
MUHS board selects finalists for superintendent
Public to meet 5 candidates at Thursday forum

Philip Wright
Staff Reporter


COTTONWOOD - The Mingus Union High School District Governing Board has selected five finalists in its search for a superintendent to replace Tim Foist. Foist retires after the current school year.

The public will have the opportunity to meet the finalists during a Community Forum at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Mingus Cafeteria. Community members can visit with each of the finalists during the forum.

The board met in executive session April 4 to select the finalists from the 11 applications received. The board instructed consultant Mike Aylstock to offer interview invitations to the following five individuals.

Marilinda Porter, superintendent, Sanders Unified School District.

Dr. Kristen Rex, superintendent, Seligman Unified School District.

Steve Savoy, administrator for K-12 services, Peoria Unified School District.

Dr. Paul Tighe, assistant superintendent, Littleton Elementary School District in Avondale.

Karin Ward, superintendent, Beaver Creek Elementary District in Rimrock.

The finalists will attend a two-day interview process on Thursday and Friday. In addition to being interviewed by the governing board, each finalist will meet with a group of community leaders, take a hosted tour of the area, tour the MUHS campus with student leaders after visiting a classroom question and answer session, and meet with the district office staff and business manager Kirk Waddle.

The board is scheduled to announce its selection for superintendent April 17.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Article comment by: Jay McGinn

The sole reason Barb U'ren was not one of the finalists is because she chose not to apply for the position.

Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: I'm Shocked!!!

Barb U'Ren is not among the top 5 finalists??? Imagine that!

Ditto on Karin Ward! I've dealt with her (just on the phone) a few times and she has fabulous problem solving skills!


Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: Go To The Meeting

This is an important position. It impacts all phases of our educational programming at MUHS and maybe COCSD as well.
Go to the open meeting. Ask questions...real life questions and listen to the answers. Big city district problems versus smaller district problems...do you see a difference? What is your approach to Common Core? What is your approach to financial responsibility while maintaining Mingus' high achievement level?

You can't complain if you are not part of the process! Let's hire the best person for this position with plenty of community input.


Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: Ann Edwards

Let's hope they are better than Tim Foist!

Posted: Sunday, April 7, 2013
Article comment by: The Goatherder

My money's on Karin Ward.



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