Ford named KUSD superintendent

Members of the governing board of the Kingman Unified School District chose the administrator they want when the Kingman Elementary School District and Mohave Union High School District merge July 1, 2001.

Mike Ford, now superintendent of the MUHSD, was named acting superintendent for the KUSD.

"It's exciting to be in this position and moving forward," Ford said after the announcement.

"We have a new century and new tradition.

"It's going to be exciting and great things will happen."

Ford's first act was to name Betsy Parker, superintendent of the KESD, as an acting assistant superintendent to the new K-12 district.

"It took me by surprise at the meeting," Parker said.

"But I think I can be a big help to Dr.

Ford.

"I can bring a lot of knowledge about our elementary district and am looking forward to the challenge of helping him."

Pat Carlin Jr., president of the KUSD Governing Board, named members Janet Watson, Charlie Lucero, Mike Cobb and Jim Baker to a committee that will formulate a contract with salary and benefits package for Ford.

Carlin said he hoped that could be presented during an executive session at the next meeting, slated for Oct.

24.

A contract for Parker also will be worked out later, Carlin said.

Carlin explained that Ford has the title acting superintendent because he currently is under contract to the high school district.

He will receive no pay from the KUSD until July 1.

The governing board accepted a recommendation from a superintendent interview committee to name Ford as superintendent and not expand the search nationwide, which would have added several months to the search.

"The vote was unanimous so I think it's obvious all the members of the board feel he is the man for the job," Carlin said.

In other action, the board accepted a proposal for alignment of district office services drafted by Barlow Quinton, business manager of the KESD.

Under that proposal, business services will be split among the two present district offices.

Staff handling ledger matters (accounts receivable, accounts payable) will be based in the KESD office, along with the superintendent and his administrative staff.

Staff handling payroll and personnel matters will be based in the MUHSD office.

Exceptional student services, also known as special education, will be located in each of the school buildings within the district.

The board also accepted a suggestion from Parker to begin a contest open to every student in the two districts to create a symbol or logo that will go on letterheads of the unified district.

Parker and Ford each will contribute $50 to the contest and she challenged the 10 board members to match or top it as a prize for the contest winner.

Board members will choose the winners.

Ford and Parker will work out contest details to include whether there will be first, second and third place winners.

They also will consider how the prize should be distributed following a suggestion by member Gordon Stewart.

Stewart said if a pupil from sixth grade or below wins he or she should be given a savings bond, which would mature and double in value by the time the pupil is ready for college.