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State school association honors Ford

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After 11 years as superintendent of the Mohave Union High School District, Mike Ford feels a kinship with the community.

That is apparent from remarks he made regarding notification that he has won a Distinguished Administrators Award for 2000-2001 from the Arizona School Administrators Association.

"It's very flattering to have been nominated and flattering to have received it," Ford said.

"I hope it shows we are working toward the best interests of our students and the community and that we are making progress on that long road toward school improvement.

"I think (the award) is an indication that our high school, the community and the school board have worked hard together to create an environment for student success, so this is for all of us."

The MUHSD Governing Board nominated Ford for the award in late March.

Awards are given annually by the Arizona School Administrators Association in six divisions, according to office manager Margo Spiker.

"We have a committee that goes through all applications and they choose the winners," Spiker said.

"There are superintendents on that committee."

Ford will receive a plaque, she said.

Frank Davidson, president of the superintendent's division of the Arizona School Administrators Association, said the committee consisted of three members.

He explained what they took into consideration in examining five finalists for the award, in addition to a candidate's character and integrity.

"A primary criteria is the ability to be able to increase student academic achievement in the district," Davidson said.

"Another was the ability to further collaboration between other entities in the district.

"A significant trait that made Dr.

Ford stand out was his efforts to consolidate districts and be able to accomplish that consolidation."

Davidson referred to the pending unification of the MUHSD and Kingman Elementary School District.

The two will merge July 1 to become the Kingman Unified School District with Ford as superintendent.

The superintendent's division was one of six in which an award was made.

Others are educational services division, elementary principals division, middle school principals division, secondary division, and higher education division, Davidson said.

Ford will be presented with a plaque during the Arizona School Administrators Conference in Tucson scheduled for June 17-18, Spiker said.

This year was the first time he was nominated for a superintendent's award with the association, Ford said.

Attempts to contact members of the MUHSD Governing Board for comment Thursday were unsuccessful.

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