The staff and board of Payson Unified School District are in the midst of a busy month.
Search Solutions, the consulting firm conducting the search for a new superintendent, will be facilitating a Community Review committee to assist with screening of candidates.
"I think it is exciting that people from the community can be involved in this selection process," said superintendent Sue Myers. Myers plans to retire at the end of the school year in 2007.
School staff, high school students, parents and other community members are invited to complete an application to be considered for membership on the Committee.
A copy of the application may be obtained by contacting Susan Everhart at the PUSD office, 514 W. Wade Lane or call (928) 474-2070. Completed applications must be returned to Everhart by Jan. 22.
Consultants from Search Solutions will select the actual membership of the review committee.
The Community Review Committee is a subcommittee of the Governing Board and will meet in executive session as defined by Arizona Open Meeting Law.
The Community Review Committee will meet one time only between 1:30 and 6:30 p.m., on Monday, Jan. 29, at the high school cafeteria. The process will require a commitment of at least three hours during that time period.
"Each person will act as a committee of one," Myers said.
Each person will read and score applications from the candidate pool without sharing their thoughts with each other.
The governing board will then meet with Search Solutions in executive session at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 29.
"If all goes well, when the board comes out of executive session, they will have the top three to five candidates," Myers said.
The public will be able to hear those candidates speak and ask them questions at an upcoming board meeting, probably in mid-February.
PUSD is seeking damages from the contractor of the "Old Main" building at Payson High School because the company failed to meet the deadline for the project.
The contractor's deadline was originally extended to Sept. 22, 2006, but the building was not complete until Jan. 5, 2007.
According to Myers, the district is withholding $61,000 from BMJS Construction and its owner, Joe Hancock.
Despite the lateness of the project, the Old Main building is now open. The teachers have moved in, the administrative staff are in the process of moving in and the counselors will follow this weekend or next week.
If people have trouble telephoning the high school in the next week while phone lines are being converted, call the district office at (928) 474-2070 and the staff there will be happy to route the call.
At the Jan. 9 meeting, the board selected PinnacleOne out of Tempe to act as project coordinator for school bond construction projects around the district.
"Our project manager, PinnacleOne's on-site person will be Allison Suriano," Myers said.
The board re-elected Vicki Holmes as president and Don Engler as vice president of the board.
The board also voted to continue meeting at the same times in 2007. Regular meetings will be the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. with a work session scheduled for 5:30 p.m. the last Monday of each month.
In other district news, the Web site has been redesigned with the help of Excelnet Media.
Changes include a more professional look and pages that are easier to navigate.
Individual school sites have been standardized with the exception of the high school's site, which will happen later in the year.
Visit the new Web site at www.pusd.k12.az.us.