Superintendent Hopefuls


The Payson Unified School District (PUSD) board will interview former Tonto Basin Superintendent/Prin­cipal Johnny Ketchem and an outside candidate, Greg Wy­man, for the interim superintendent position.

Board president Barbara Underwood will set up the interviews for Thursday, Jan. 9.

The board met for three hours on Monday to hash out its goals and hopes for what an interim superintendent would accomplish in the last six months of the school calendar. Then it decided to interview the two candidates.

The school board posted the opening on the Web sites of the district, the Arizona School Board Association and the Arizona School Administrators.

“It was rough doing it over the holidays,” said Underwood. “You would probably get more applicants for a regular superintendent.”

Ketchem and his wife, Kathe, taught and administered schools throughout Rim Country. Johnny is best known for his tenure in Tonto Basin.

Underwood would not comment on Greg Wyman, but did confirm the board kept the search in Arizona because they wanted to make sure the candidates understood state laws and regulations.

A brief Internet search found Wyman listed as an associate superintendent at the Tempe Union High School District. He also worked at the Apache Junction and Snowflake Unified School Districts.


Pat Randall 3 years ago

Why not interview the parents that were taught under Mr. and Mrs. Ketchum?


H. Wm. Rhea III 3 years ago

Pat, are you asking to see the results, the fruits so to speak, of the Ketchums, before hiring them? That might not be a bad idea. Let's see how the students they taught turned out. That will be quite telling. Heck, we ought to do that in lots of other areas too.


Pat Randall 3 years ago

Mr. Rhea, I was very tired last night when I typed the post. I had been in Mesa for 3 days. I meant talk to the parents of the kids that were taught under or by the Ketchems. Maybe your idea is better.


John Lemon 3 years ago

I feel for the person who accepts the job. The record of the Board speaks for itself ; the majority has made decisions (or not taken actions) which lead me to believe that they can not clearly see into next week.


Robbin Flowers 3 years ago

They want to keep It in the box, expect nothing to change.


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