Veteran teacher and administrator Sue Myers was appointed Monday evening to replace Herb Weissenfels as the superintendent of the Payson Unified School District.
Myers will serve as district administrator until Weissenfels' contract expires June 30, 2005.
From July 1, 2005 until June 30, 2006, she will serve as the interim superintendent.
Myers, who began teaching in 1961, is looking forward to the challenges of her new post.
"I hope to make the transition smooth for everyone," she said. "We have wonderfully talented people in our district and our No. 1 priority has to be the students."
After the school board appointed Myers, board president Vicki Holmes lauded the new superintendent.
"Our vote this evening to place Mrs. Myers as the lead administrator is a positive change for our district," she said. "We are at a crossroads and with Mrs. Myers at the helm we have the opportunity to turn in the direction that will be most beneficial for our students, our parents and our community."
Myers, now the principal of Payson High School, previously served as the first principal of Frontier Elementary School.
Prior to opening Frontier in 1994, Myers had a long career as teacher and principal-superintendent of Pine-Strawberry Elementary School District.
Today, she proudly proclaims she has taught every grade except first and second.
It is Myers' public education experience, Holmes said, that will be a plus for the district.
"She has proven that she has the positive leadership skills that this district needs," said Holmes.
Weissenfels' resignation was announced at a special school board meeting May 5.
A day before the meeting, Weissenfels cleared his office of all his personal belongings and vacated the building.
At the meeting, the board unanimously accepted Weissenfels' resignation and announced the settlement of a severance agreement with the former superintendent.
The agreement includes covering Weissenfels' salary and benefits through June 30, 2005.
Weissenfels' contract was valid through June 30, 2006, but the district refused to pay for his final year.
Weissenfels has agreed to maintain phone contact with the district, if needed, but will not be present at the district office or any of the school campuses.