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School board quickly hires superintendent

Hitchcock hopes community won’t ‘even notice a ripple’ as he takes over

Hoping to provide a seamless transition, the Payson School Board hired Ron Hitchcock as the new superintendent after a three-month search on Saturday, March 31. “I’d like for people to say that a year from now, they didn’t even notice a ripple when Casey left,” said Hitchcock, the former superintendent of the Multnomah Education Service District in Oregon. Hitchcock resigned that position in February and moved to Arizona to help care for a sick relative in Cave Creek. Back in Oregon he has also served as a council member and mayor pro-tem of Mapleton, Oregon in the early 1990s. The school board spent half the day on Saturday locked in executive session, after hosting a community forum on Friday evening with five finalists to solicit comments.

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