Gila County Superintendent of Schools, Linda O'Dell, will talk with Rim Country Regional Chamber members March 12 at the Payson Library at 7 a.m.
O'Dell has spent the last three years as the county superintendent and will discuss the events during that time and the plans for the future of Gila County schools. A light breakfast will be provided by Payson Regional Medical Center. Call the chamber at (928) 474-4515 for reservations by March 10.
Linda O'Dell, a Pine resident, has announced she will seek re-election as county school superintendent. this fall. First elected in 2004, O'Dell is a Republican who took office in January 2005. Citing a number of accomplishments since taking office, O'Dell acknowledged that some are "works in progress" that she would like time to further develop.
"I have some new projects and services in mind that will support increased educational opportunities for Gila County residents, and of course there is always the need for continuous assessment and improvement of existing programs and services," she said.
During her first year of office, O'Dell made significant changes to improve the Juvenile Detention Education Program, opened a satellite county schools office in Payson and established an alternative school in Globe, she said. O'Dell opened a second alternative school in Payson and increased the county's GED testing program from two to six testing sites. O'Dell and her staff have secured grants to support teachers in technology, mathematics and science as well as other projects for schools throughout the county. Becoming the provider of the state-certified Adult Education Program for Gila County is one of the more recent accomplishments of O'Dell's county schools office.
Contact O'Dell at (928) 978-4381 for further information.