When opportunity knocks, don’t complain about the noise and instead seize the potential possibility! Since the current superintendent of Payson Unified School District (PUSD) has announced his intent to retire rather than seek yet another position in the Valley, the PUSD governing board should look at his resignation as a golden opportunity to bring in new, old leadership to steer the district in a positive direction.
To wit, if we ask, beg and cajole, maybe former Payson High School Principal Roy Sandoval would return to help change the climate at PUSD from conflict to cooperation, from confrontation to collaboration, and from acrimony to active, shared decision-making.
Mr. Sandoval seems to possess the following attributes:
He’s professionally qualified.
He has deep roots in the community, not an outside hire like some of our more recent superintendents.
He has a proven, local track record.
He already has positive rapport with many faculty and community members.
Finally, he won’t acquiesce to a governing board that often comes up with quirky, non-educationally sound ideas especially in the area of personnel hirings and terminations.
After all, not all of PUSD’s internal problems can be blamed or explained away due to a lack of state funding. In other words, hiring an old, new superintendent makes a lot of sense. Sometimes looking inward is much better than an external search.
Richard K. Meszar