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12/5/2012 6:01:00 AM
Francis picked to fill Kingman school board vacancy
City Clerk Debbie Francis
City Clerk Debbie Francis

Ahron Sherman
Miner Staff Reporter


City Clerk Debbie Francis is the newest member of the Kingman Unified school board.

Mohave County School Superintendent Mike File interviewed the final candidates - Francis and local business owner Jim Cave - Tuesday morning and had his decision made by 1 p.m. In a previous interview, he made it clear that an understanding of governmental process, understanding the district's budget process and understanding the board's role in the community were the three main factors he would consider when making the decision.

"I'm looking forward to (getting to work)," Francis said.

She won't have much time to savor her appointment.

She'll be sworn in by File today, her first board meeting is Tuesday and if the district can get her in, she'll be headed down to Phoenix for the Arizona School Board Association's new board member orientation, which is part of the organization's annual conference.

There's a chance there won't be space for her, and if that's the case the district will call on KUSD Superintendent Roger Jack's executive assistant, Nancy Slone.

"I'll orientate her," she said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012
Article comment by: Christie Francis

Congratulations mom! KUSD just got stronger!!

Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012
Article comment by: Good Choice

@Jim Consolato
Please explain your accusations.
Please name the groups you refer to. The People in Kingman always have control in Kingman, it is called going to the polls and vote. They voted for their representatives.
Do you live in Kingman Jim?
It seems you have not done your homework on Mrs Francis. I would assume you haven't even met her.
There is a big difference between reality and perception, you need to get more informed on the reality of this issue. Mrs. Francis was the most qualified in what was being requested by the Board.


Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Article comment by: Jim Consolato

Time for the Kingman people to break up the cronies and groupies that control. Its not that hard to do if you really try. I agree with Joe Citizen. people of Kingman awake and take back control.

Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident

@ John and Just What I Thought

How would it be a conflict of interest? The city has nothing to do with the funding, or running of the schools of KUSD.

When one entity has nothing to do with the operation of the other entity there is no conflict of interest.

The supervision of the public schools is a county function. Mike File works in the county building. Property tax collection is done by the county.

If a school board member worked for the county there may be a conflict of interest.


Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Article comment by: Kathryn of WLN Const Days

I'm happy for you Debbie! I wish you continued success in everything you do.

Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Article comment by: Arizona Moderate

I think Ms. Francis is a great pick. She has math skills. What's not to like about that?

Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Article comment by: John Salem

Congratulations Debbie. We're very proud of you and all you do. You will do great. J.

Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Article comment by: James Jones

Congratulations Debbie. You are truly a good person with a great head on your shoulders. I am very happy to know that my daughters education is being overseen by someone like you.

Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Article comment by: J and D, Stingley

Congratulations, Debbie!

Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Article comment by: James Chilton

Congrats, Debbie.

Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Article comment by: That's what I thought .

@ John A.

...that there would be a conflict of interest. The CITY is going to allow her to do this job ?


Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Article comment by: Joe Citizen

This town will never learn. The politics and twisted leadership never ceases to amaze me. Everyone complains openly about poor economy, poor officials, and poor service..well they are right in all three areas. Whenever they have a chance to fill a position with ANYONE other than the standard social elite crowd of regular public employees or other politically motivated candidates, they never take the opportunity. It would have been nice for a change to have someone who is not affiliated with government to have a fresh outlook or ideas for the school district where many hard working people try hard everyday to make a difference with scarce resources. Every time Mike File appoints yet another school related position you just have to wonder where he gets his advice, because it seems as if the only pattern here is keeping the same crowd of government related people appointed, so that Kingman never can progress to a more proper representation of the citizens. I think the runner-up Mr. Burgess who lost by only a few votes and campaigned for the position should have been given more consideration, than last minute office seekers.

Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Article comment by: Yes, It Is

@ Liberal Lion

You best look again.


Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Article comment by: John Armstrong

One thing I never heard brought up in discussing Ms. Francis's appointment to the KUSD School Broad is this question:

Is there a conflict of interest in regards to holding this new position and also being the City Clerk?

Interesting in learning more.


Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Article comment by: New World Order

@ Liberal Lion --

And the first lesson is that there is no such word as "orientate.", so you state.

Beg to differ -- the word was just coined in Shanghai to be available when the Chinese complete their quest for world domination.

Their new global rule will be administered by -- you guessed it -- an "Orientate".

So solly missy --


Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Article comment by: just a fact

@ liberal lion. Webster says there is and it is a verb.

Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Article comment by: Liberal Lion

And the first lesson is that there is no such word as "orientate."



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