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Mon, Feb. 24

Schools chief wants<BR>principals moved around

Tuesday's meeting of the Kingman Unified School District governing board probably will involve some heated discussion over goals of superintendent Mike Ford to rotate eight of 10 school principals next year.

"One of my jobs as directed by the board is to begin training people who can step into district positions when I retire and the only way you can do that is give them a broader view of what's going on," Ford said.

"You can't be in just one building and say you have a district wide view.

You must see things from more than one perspective."

Ford said he has spoken with every principal about his vision.

But he would not say Tuesday which principals would be affected in the rotation if the board accepts his proposal.

However, he did answer a question left on the voice mail of a Miner reporter by one concerned citizen who has heard of the principal rotation idea and said employees would not be permitted to follow their principal to another building.

"Transfers are always allowed in the district, if there are openings and the (rotating) principal wants them in the building," Ford said.

The board members met in executive session Jan.

27 on personnel matters but did not reconvene in public session, a spokeswoman for Ford's office said Friday.

The Miner contacted nine of the 10 principals Tuesday, offering each a chance to comment on Ford's idea.

"From my perspective I will always do what is best for my students and those of the district," said Kingman Junior High School principal Bill Harness said .

Principal Diana Logas of Palo Christi School spoke along the same line.

"This is part of Dr.

Ford's goal to the school board," she said.

"He's our superintendent and we must follow his philosophy in whatever he thinks will be good for the district and all try our best to implement his ideas."

Principal Scott Rhoades of Black Mountain said he is a district employee and will do whatever the superintendent wishes.

Principal Scott Cumberledge of Mount Tipton School in Dolan Springs said the rotation would not affect him, so he has no comment on it.

Principals Gary Blanton of Kingman High School South, Pat Mickelson of Kingman High North, Mary Ann Smith of Manzanita Elementary School, Dawn McGill of Cerbat Manzanita Elementary School and Steve Hite of La Senita Manzanita Elementary School all declined to comment.

Principal Jill Fuss of Hualapai Elementary School did not return calls Tuesday.

Another question raised in connection with the principal rotation is the possibility of one school becoming an alternative school for children in grades four and above with behavioral problems or who don't perform well in a regular classroom environment.

"Before anything can be done the School Facilities Board must be involved," Ford said.

"If classroom space is available the board must say how it can be used."

The governing board meets at 5 p.m.

Tuesday in the district office boardroom at 3033 MacDonald Ave.

The meeting agenda to be released Friday will include a "Call to the Public" segment when anyone may speak on any topic.

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