(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a series of stories profiling candidates running in the November general election for seats on the Kingman Unified School District governing board.)
Unification is a reality because of the July 1, 2001, merger of the Kingman Elementary and Mohave Union High School districts.
But there still is much work to be done to improve the delivery of education in the Kingman Unified School District and Doris Goodale hopes voters will allow her to continue shaping it when five people are elected to the new governing board in the November general election.
"We must start with the state budget," she said.
"It has several implications on education, directly and indirectly, and will be of immediate critical concern.
"Secondly, our transition into unification has started and we've done a good job, but the process is not complete.
We need to make sure our unification plan is getting implemented."
"Thirdly, student achievement and teacher salaries will be ever present issues and should be.
Student achievement should always be at the top of our list and we want fair and equitable compensation for everyone on our staff."
Goodale has worked for the Mohave County Probation Department for the past 30 years, serving as assistant chief in the department for the past 17 years.
She has been a school board member in Kingman for the past 16 years.
She said that while board members set policy for the school district they often don't get to see first-hand the results, as it is the superintendent, building principals and teachers who implement policies and programs.
"We can achieve how we're going to manage through the budget situation, but fiscal year 2002 doesn't promise to be much improved, so we're going to be in this budget thing through next year," Goodale said.
"There will be closure to unification once we get through the administrative costs, class sizes, equitable pay for high school and elementary teachers and programming.
All those things are well on their way."
She has always been an advocate for alternative education, Goodale said
Students learn at different paces and not all can succeed in a regular classroom environment.
"I do not believe alternative education is for bad kids, problem kids or lesser intelligent kids," Goodale said.
"I simply believe alternative education should be our responsibility in finding what works successfully for students.
"Our PASS (Positive Alternatives for Student Success) program is a model of what good education can be for kids who can't succeed in a normal classroom, and we should be mindful of it."
Goodale holds an associate of arts degree from Phoenix College and a bachelor's degree in sociology from Arizona State University.
When asked what she is most proud of during 16 years as a school board member, Goodale said helping unification become a reality in Kingman.
"We've talked about unification for years and to our credit superintendent Mike Ford, Sen.
John Wettaw and high school and elementary staff worked hard to get the legislation hand crafted," Goodale said.
"It's now looked upon as an example by other districts."
Goodale was asked why voters should give her another term on the governing board.
"My experience comes from the elementary (district)," she said.
"We need some experience from the elementary sector, some from the high school and a blend of new ideas.
"I have missed maybe four meetings over the years, so I'm very dedicated.
I promise to continue to be a dedicated steward for the people to make sure of the highest standards for our kids."