District Zeroes In On New Pcs Principal

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The Payson Center for Success could have a new principal as early as Monday evening.

District Administrator Sue Myers said it was her goal to name a replacement for former PCS principal Monica Nitzsche -- who has taken over as principal at Rim Country Middle School.

The application deadline closed June 2 when Myers and a team of administrators began the interview process.

"We'll interview Friday and Monday and hope to make a decision by the (June 6 school board) meeting," Myers said.

In all, eight prospective administrators -- including some from out of state -- applied for the job.

Myers said the position's posting on the Internet attracted out-of-state interest.

Nitzsche, the principal of PCS since its founding in 1996, replaced RCMS Principal Frank Larby who resigned May 2 after serving seven years.

Under Nitzsche, PCS has had a strong reputation as a viable alternative for students who did not fit into the high school mainstream.

PCS also became well known for its commitment to introducing students to new technology.

Each student at PCS has his or her own computer and is taught to use software typically found in the workplace.

In January of 1999, PCS was honored by the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools as one of the top 35 schools for "Quality Education" as reported in a parent satisfaction survey.

Since that first award, PCS has continued to be highly ranked in all parent satisfaction surveys.

Myers said she expects the new PCS principal to maintain the school's unique philosophy and academic excellence as defined by its founders, former superintendent Russ Kinzer and current Payson High School principal Roy Sandoval.

The mission of PCS is to "provide an environment for a successful educational program designed to promote academic proficiency, career training, and work skills according to student interest, aptitude, past history, and need."

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