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.