Dawn McGill has been named principal at Cerbat Elementary School.
The Kingman Unified School District Governing Board approved McGill, assistant principal at La Senita Elementary for the past six years, as principal of Cerbat during a special meeting that included a budget workshop Wednesday night.
"I plan to work on team-building and putting together a strong family-oriented staff as a short-term goal," McGill said.
"My second goal, both short and long term, will be to improve test scores and have a safe nurturing school where everyone feels good and wants to be there.
I think if you have that a lot of learning will take place."
McGill earned a bachelor's degree in music with emphasis on piano from St.
Xavier University in Evergreen Park, Ill., in 1969.
She went on to get a master's in music education from Roosevelt University in Chicago in 1976.
In 1992, she picked up a principal's certification from Northern Arizona University.
McGill has 33 years experience in education, including 27 as a music teacher.
She worked 15 years in public schools in the Chicago area before moving to Kingman in 1984, when she became general music teacher at La Senita.
Mike Ford, KUSD superintendent, said director of personnel Greg Parker interviewed seven applicants for the principal's position before recommending McGill to him.
In turn, Ford recommended McGill to the governing board, which approved the choice.
"We had some very good applicants," Ford said.
"Dawn's drive, enthusiasm, desire and reputation for community involvement and follow through was a very good fit for us."
McGill replaces Roger Fuss, who was Cerbat principal for five years.
Fuss resigned April 30, telling the Miner "It's time for me to move on."
McGill officially begins work as principal July 1.