Jun 142013

By Linda Kor
The Joseph City School District Governing Board met Tuesday to discuss, among other matters, the resignation of two board members, as well as the retirement of Superintendent Robert Klein.
Klein’s contract with the district was recently extended through the next school year, but the board accepted his resignation letter and agreed to let him out of his contract. Klein will continue in his position until December. He cited a desire to retire in order to spend time with his grandchildren.
In preparation for Klein’s departure, Joseph City Junior High/High School Principal Bryan Fields will serve as assistant superintendent until December, then take over the helm when Klein leaves. Fields will also continue to serve as principal. During the board meeting the board agreed to pay Fields a salary of $85,000 from July until December. Once he becomes superintendent, his salary will increase to $91,000.
In submitting his resignation, board member Ralph Bushman explained that it is time for him to step aside and allow his wife the ability to teach in the district if the opportunity arises. He stated, “I have enjoyed the six and a half years that I have been on the board. It has been a privilege.”
Bushman’s resignation leaves two vacancies on the school board. Sherri Hill submitted her resignation during the last board meeting, citing an inability to meet the time commitments required to be an effective board member.
Interested candidates must be registered voters and must have been residents of Joseph City for at least one year. Applications are available at the Navajo County Superintendent’s Office, located at 100 Code Talker Drive, or by calling (928) 524-4204. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, July 12, with interviews to be scheduled thereafter. The appointments will be made shortly after interviews are conducted.
This is also the last month that Business Manager Carol Henderson will be with the district, which she has served for 12 years. Steven Mills, a former business manager for the Snowflake School District and, more recently, the Arizona State University charter school system, will fill the position.