Local School Administrators Step Into Vacancies

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A veteran administrator and a newcomer have been selected to fill top school district positions vacated by the shifting of job titles following superintendent Herb Weissenfels' resignation last week.

Payson Elementary School principal Roy Sandoval was reassigned to Payson High School at a special school board meeting May 11.

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Roy Sandoval

Sandoval will be replaced at PES by current Payson High Special Education teacher Will Dunman.

Both will assume their new duties July 1, 2005.

The school board did not, however, select a principal post, which was vacated when principal Frank Larby resigned last month, for Rim Country Middle School.

Dunman and Sandoval were recommended for their jobs by district administrator Sue Myers who, early this week, took over for outgoing superintendent Herb Weissenfels.

Weissenfels' resignation was accepted at a May 5 special board meeting.

Because Weissenfels' contract is valid until June, 30, 2005, Myers will serve as district administrator until that date. She will then become interim superintendent for one year.

In recommending Sandoval and Dunman for the principal positions, Myers said, "This is an excellent opportunity for these two gentlemen as well as for our district."

Dunman, also the Lady Longhorn softball coach, taught special education for six years at Julia Randall Elementary School before moving to PHS last fall.

He will receive his master's degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University May 13.

Although he has no administrative experience, Dunman is looking forward to the challenges of being a principal.

"I'm excited for the opportunities I've been given," he said.

Sandoval, a Payson High School and Northern Arizona University alumni, previously taught biology and coached football and wrestling at PHS.

He also served a stint in the district office as curriculum director under former superintendent Russ Kinzer.

According to Myers, the district will advertise the Rim Country Middle School principal vacancy in and outside the district for the next week, and then a board of administrators will select Larby's replacement.

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