Pusd Promotes Business Manager


The demands of running a growing school district and changes in state laws have prompted the Payson School board to name an assistant superintendent for business services.

Former Business Manager Bobette Sylvester was appointed to the newly created position at the school board's June 6 meeting.


The leadership of the Payson Unified School District now includes assistant superintendent Bobette Sylvester (left) and district administrator Sue Myers. July 1, Myers will become superintendent of the district.

District Administrator Sue Myers said it was her recommendation to expand Sylvester's job description to include duties beyond managing the budget and handling accounts payable.

"The job has grown so much over the years partly because of our district growth and also the changes in legislation that require (school) districts to do more," Myers said.

Although Sylvester will assume more responsibilities with the new job, she will not receive an increase in salary.

Myers said there was no money in the budget this year for an increase in pay, but Sylvester still agreed to shoulder the extra burden because there was a real need in the district for someone to step up and assume the duties.

As assistant superintendent, Sylvester will directly supervise four departments -- food services, warehouse, information/ communication systems, and director of maintenance and transportation.

The director of maintenance and transportation replaces the director of support operations that has been held by Joe Martin the past four years.

Martin submitted his resignation to take a similar position with a Valley school district.

"We are in the process of advertising for a director (of maintenance and transportation)," Myers said.

Sylvester, a graduate of Payson High School and Arizona State University, said she was looking forward to the challenges of her new job even though she will be undertaking responsibilities she previously didn't shoulder.

"I definitely will have more (duties)," she said.

The creation of the assistant superintendent position and the appointment of Sylvester is another in a long list of administrative changes that have occurred in the district since Herb Weissenfels resigned as superintendent May 4.

After Weissenfels stepped down, the school board immediately selected Payson High School principal Sue Myers to replace him.

But because Weissenfels' contract does not expire until June 30, Myers will serve as district administrator until that date.

When Weissenfels' resignation is official, Myers will become superintendent and serve on an interim basis for one year.

Former Payson Elementary School teacher Roy Sandoval will replace Myers as principal at PHS. Former PHS special education teacher Will Dunman replaces Sandoval at PES.

After Frank Larby resigned May 2 as Rim Country Middle School principal, the board appointed Monica Nitzsche as his replacement. Nitzsche has served as the lead administrator at Payson Center for Success since its founding in 1996.

Earlier this week, the school board tapped former Pine-Strawberry School superintendent-principal Kathe Ketchem to replace Nitzsche at PCS.

The only district administrative job that is not yet officially filled is that of a newly created curriculum coordinator.

Myers said interviews for the job are complete and she is ready to make a recommendation to the board at its June 13 meeting. Myers has taken the myriad administrative changes in stride saying, they "just prove what a wealth of talent we have in this district."

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