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11/29/2012 6:00:00 AM
Four final candidates in line for Kingman school board spot

Ahron Sherman
Miner Staff Reporter

Four of the 10 people who submitted letters of interest for the vacant seat on the Kingman Unified school board were selected to return to the district offices today for interviews.

City of Kingman Clerk Debbie Francis, former school board candidate Kevin Burgess, local business owner James Cave and former District 4 Board of Supervisors candidate Ted Roper were the four selected by the board to be interviewed.

"It's not going to be an easy task," said school board member Laurie Voss Barthlow of choosing the best person for the job.

The board will reconvene at 5:30 p.m. today to discuss the process and then move into executive session to conduct each of the interviews in 30-minute intervals.

Board President Pat Carlin, whose term ends at the end of the year, submitted a letter of interest for the position. He's been on the board for about 15 years, but he missed numerous meetings over the last six months. He did not seek re-election.

But the passing of Bill Goodale changed things, prompting him to submit the letter. The thought that he would garner more consideration had been evident a few weeks ago when the board held a special session to discuss how to fill the seat. The idea of bringing him back to complete the two years left on Goodale's four-year term was supported by district administration because of the tough financial decisions that need to be made in the coming months, said Charles Lucero, the board's vice president.

"But it sounds like the board doesn't want to go in that direction," he said.

As for what members are looking for in the interview process, Voss Barthlow said she is focused on the availability of each candidate because the looming budget season is sure to produce countless special sessions and all-day workshops.

The goal is to get the new board member into the position prior to December's regular meeting.

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Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Article comment by: zelda zilch

@ Crier
Yes, you should have stated in your post that you actually meant "former" educators since it does not say that, the presumption would be that you meant all educators!! You said it yourself--be more specific, we are not mind readers!!

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
Article comment by: Town Crier

Seriously? Do I really have to further explain this. Hey No Name, I was talking about teachers and admin that are no longer active in the profession. Obviously, ACTIVE teachers, admin, etc cannot serve. In other words, former educators. There are not laws on this...thought this was understood. Next time I will specify for you.

Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Article comment by: no name

To Tow Crier,
Perhaps if you read the state constitution and laws reguarding school boads you would know and understand that teachers,administrators, employees or their family may be school board members by law. Its been the law for some time. Right wrong or indifferent it does not matter. If you would like to change it contact your State representative and start the ball rolling.

Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Article comment by: Town Crier

This is complete crap! Why are there no teachers on the school board? In most states, other than this ridiculous mess of a state, school boards consist of teachers, administrators and parents of students in the community. Seeing how Arizona is now considered the 5th worst state for education...perhaps KUSD and AZ need to take a page out of successful states' books. States that are effective at educating it's citizens. This entire school board is missing the boat and needs to be revamped with members who have the background and a better understanding of all areas of education.

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