Principals appointed to vacant slots in district

KINGMAN – The Kingman Unified School District has filled three principal vacancies created earlier this month after three other principals requested and were granted transfers to other schools.

On May 5, it was announced that Scott Rhoades will move from Black Mountain School to Hualapai Elementary School, that Steve Hite will switch from La Senita Elementary School to Palo Christi School and that Bill Harness will leave Kingman Junior High School for Mount Tipton School in Dolan Springs.

The most recent principal appointments are Jerry Arave at Kingman Junior High School, Sue Hamilton to La Senita and Duane Mueller at Black Mountain.

Lynn Touchette will become dean of students at the junior high school.

Arave has three years of administrative experience, all as assistant principal at Manzanita Elementary School.

He has 12 years teaching experience, mainly in business computers and accounting and social studies.

"My goal next year is to get more media exposure for the many positive things done at Kingman Junior High," Arave said.

Hamilton has been assistant principal at the junior high school for five years.

She also was dean of students two of those years.

She brings 12 years teaching experience to La Senita in such areas as physical education, language arts, social studies and choir.

"La Senita has a great group of teachers," Hamilton said.

"It's already a good school and we're going to make it better.

"I look forward to working with the student body at an elementary level."

Mueller has five years of administrative experience, the past four as assistant principal at Hualapai Elementary School.

He will begin his first principalship with 18 years teaching experience in subject areas that include social studies, physical education and driver's education.

"I'll be meeting soon with Scott (Rhoades) to see just where the school is at (academically)," Mueller said.

"I plan to use my expertise to keep Black Mountain moving forward on the journey to success."

Touchette has spent the past three years at Black Mountain.

She was Title I coordinator there and did a superintendent's internship this past year.

She taught third, fourth and sixth grades for nine years at Manzanita Elementary.

Touchette said Superintendent Mike Ford offered her several choices of where she could move next year, and she chose the junior high school.

"My role as dean of students will be much like that of an assistant principal but with a shorter contract year," Touchette said.

"I'll do teacher evaluations and work in the areas of special education and curriculum."