The Payson Unified School District voted unanimously this week to pay $3,000 to the Arizona School Board Association to find a permanent superintendent.
“I just came from an ASBA meeting, they have lowered their fees,” said board president Barbara Underwood, “They will do a brochure, come up and find out what we are looking for, and you make those decisions as they come up.”
Board member Rory Huff agreed.
“I have been through two of these and I would highly recommend ASBA,” he said to the other board members.
PUSD Business Manager Kathie Manning said to go with a private firm would have cost the district much more.
New Interim Superintendent John Ketchem made one of the only comments at his first board meeting.
“I think it’s a good idea to go out with ASBA, but I think you know you ought to think about keeping the search in state rather than out of state,” he said. “(Out-of-state candidates) do not know Arizona school law. I would think that there are probably a lot of administrators out there that know Payson and Arizona school law. I believe you could find what you are looking for in Arizona.”
The board hired out-of-state superintendent Ron Hitchcock barely 18 months ago, but he resigned after developing differences with the board. The board agreed to buy out his contract for $58,000 and hire an interim superintendent.