School Board To Discuss Superintendent’S Replacement


On the heels of the announcement Thursday that Payson Unified School District’s superintendent will retire at the end of the school year, the board has called a special meeting Tuesday.

The school board will discuss how it plans to search for a replacement. From a statewide call for applications to a national posting, there are several options available.

Casey O’Brien — superintendent for the last five years — plans to retire in June to travel more with his wife and visit with family in southern Arizona, he told the Roundup Thursday.

O’Brien has no immediate plans to seek re-employment.

The board first learned of O’Brien’s intention to leave in an executive session Jan. 9.

At Tuesday’s special meeting, the board is anticipated to accept his June 30 resignation.

The board is also expected to voice their opinions of O’Brien’s decision to leave. So far, only Barbara Underwood, school board president, has spoken publicly about O’Brien’s leaving.

“We have benefited from five years of Casey’s devotion, experience, vision and calm leadership,” she said.

“I am sad that we will have to replace him in the upcoming months.”

Tuesday’s meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in the PUSD office board room, 902 W. Main St.


Pat Randall 3 years ago

Why don't they use the list they paid for 18 or so months ago? They had picked 5 finals then down to two. Seems money is no thought to the board. Maybe they are what should be replaced first.


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