KINGMAN Members of the Kingman Unified School District Governing Board have tapped Maurice Flores of Boulder City, Nev., to take over as superintendent when Mike Ford retires on June 30.
Flores was among five finalists in Kingman on Friday to meet community members and undergo interviews by four committees involved in the process of selecting the next superintendent. The other candidates included Betsy Parker, assistant superintendent of the KUSD, William Allsbrooks from Kayenta, Kelt Cooper of Nogales and Ricardo Medina from San Jose, Calif.
"Dr. Flores comes with great experience and is a personable and friendly individual," said Doris Goodale, president of the KUSD Governing Board. "We think the community will be pleased with our choice."
Flores' appointment to the position of KUSD superintendent is contingent on him passing a background check and reaching a contract agreement with the board.
The board is scheduled to meet in executive session at noon today to discuss a contract for Flores. If he passes the background check and agrees to the contract, he would be in Kingman and formally sign the contract during the regular monthly meeting of the board on May 10, Goodale said.
"I'm very excited about becoming superintendent of a smaller district," Flores said. "I'm retiring from the district here (on June 30) and have been asked to apply in districts across the nation but was not interested.
"This position came open and I have family in the area, so it works well for me."
Flores has held his present position as a superintendent of the East Region of the Clark County (Nev.) School District for four years.
The entire district encompasses five regions and about 285,000 students. Flores oversees roughly 60,000 students in 54 schools with part of his responsibility including curriculum development.
Each candidate underwent a series of interviews with different committees Friday. They included a student committee, community committee, staff member committee and committee of the five board members.
"The superintendent is an extremely important person to the schools, children and community," Goodale said. "We felt the process should include the widest scope of individuals who can determine the best-qualified candidate.
"After the interviews were completed, the board met with all the committees and each expressed its views on the candidates. The board then met to discuss what was heard, our assessment of each candidate and from that we made the final selection of Dr. Flores (on Friday night)."
The board vote was 4-1 for hiring Flores. Goodale could not say who cast the lone dissenting vote or for which candidate.
Flores said the interview process was extensive, but he found it exciting and interesting to speak with students, community members and staff members as part of the process.
"One thing I want to do is get to know the people in the district," Flores said. "I believe staff is the critical backbone of any district.
"I'll need to find out where are the strengths of the staff and what we need to look at, but I'm not looking to change anything. It will take me six months to realize where we are and are going as I look at curriculum, dropout and graduation rates, and achievement because even in the best district there is room for improvement."
Flores graduated from Flagstaff High School in 1963. He obtained a bachelor's degree in elementary and special education from Northern Arizona University in 1972, a master's degree in school administration from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in 1975, and a doctorate in school administration and higher education from UNLV in 1986.
Flores has spent 33 years with the Clark County School District. He has held teaching, assistant principal and principal positions during that time.
"I'll bring a lot of enthusiasm and community support (to the superintendent's position)," he said. "My knowledge and background on curriculum and supervision is extensive.
"I'm a fiscal conservative. I will not get the district into any budgetary crunch because I only spend what is available."
Flores has been married to his wife Nadine for 37 years. They have three children: Tammee Springer, who teaches special education in the Houston area; Deena Lyons, math teacher and chairperson at an elementary school in Las Vegas; and Maurice Anthony, who recently was discharged from the U.S. Coast Guard and plans to go into real estate.
Flores said Parker is a super individual and he looks forward to working with her.