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New super signs on with KUSD

KINGMAN ­ Maurice Flores is officially on board as the new superintendent of the Kingman Unified School District.

Flores, who is set to retire June 30 as superintendent of the East Region of the Clark County (Nev.) School District, signed a two-year contract with the KUSD during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.

Flores will take the reins from Mike Ford, who retires as KUSD superintendent June 30.

"My first order of business will be to get to know the staff I'll work with here," Flores said. "I'll have to learn where our strengths are and develop some new initiatives.

"I have some ideas for grades K-6 that I feel will produce a stronger foundation for the kids."

Flores added it is wonderful to know his future will be in Kingman, where everyone he has met is wonderful.

"I'm looking for a very smooth (superintendent) transition," said Doris Goodale, president of the KUSD Governing Board.

"We'll look toward positive changes we can make together to benefit our students."

Flores' contract calls for him to be paid a base salary of $98,000 per year, Goodale said. Benefits include a cell phone, car allowance and 15 days paid vacation per year, not counting the Christmas holiday period.

The board also discussed the future of the Positive Alternatives for Student Success (PASS) program, which has been conducted for a number of years on the Kingman campus of Mohave Community College in a four-classroom building owned by the KUSD.

Ford told the board the college wants that space to use for its own growth.

The building now in use was once located downtown on the south campus of Kingman High School.

It was more than 20 years old when it was moved to the MCC campus after an agreement was reached with MCC President Charles Hall.

"We could move and remodel the building, but that would not be cost effective," Ford said.

PASS is an alternative program that allows students who are not successful in traditional classroom settings to work at their own pace to earn a high school diploma. Ford said 24 percent of the district's graduates in 2004 came out of PASS.

Ford asked the board to consider two options.

One is signing a one-year intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with MCC for use of the ground the building rests on while a site for construction of a new alternative instruction facility is considered and approved. That location could be on West Beale Street, where the KUSD owns property formerly occupied by the bus barn before the high school and elementary districts unified in 2001.

At present, the KUSD uses the four-classroom building during the day and the college uses it at night.

The college is willing to enter into a new IGA with the KUSD, but wants the district to spend $70,000 to pay half the cost of renovating the aging structure and pay a $250 per-month maintenance fee, Ford said.

The second but less desirable choice would be to move PASS back to facilities on Gold Street, Ford said. They have utilities available and are in good shape, but that would put PASS close to the south campus of KHS and that could complicate growth. The upside of such a move is that it could be done quickly.

"If we donate the building to the college, we can probably get the use of it for just the maintenance fee," Ford said. "If they're willing to do the renovations on their own, I have no problem with donating the building."

The board gave Ford the OK to negotiate an IGA with the college while it further studies the matter.

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