Aug 302013

By Julie Wiessner
Members of the Winslow Unified School District Governing Board approved the retirement of Superintendent Doug Watson at their Aug. 21 meeting, effective June 30, 2014.
Watson began work 33 years ago in the 1981-82 school year at Winslow High School as a science teacher and became superintendent during the 2009-10 school year.
When he was hired as superintendent, Watson told the board, “I have a goal to retire at 591/2 years old.”
“I told them out front so they knew what my plans were,” Watson recalled. “I don’t know if they believed me or not at the time, but it has been my goal for quite a while now, at least 10 years, to retire at that age.
“The board will probably give some direction to begin the search process in the September board meeting,” he noted, but the process may not take very long. “There are several qualified individuals already in the district.”
When asked his reason for retirement, Watson replied, “I am getting old and at some point in time, you are just trading time for money. I’d rather have more time and less money.”
As for his plans for the future, he noted, “Well, I am not going to go and sit in a rocking chair. I would like to travel a little bit and spend a little time with my grandson, and I will still live in northern Arizona.
“I know that things will come along that I will probably do. Whatever it is, it will be a little less time and a lot less stress.
“I am not going to go and apply as superintendent anywhere else. I may be of use to the district at some time in the future, but it will not be as superintendent,” he concluded.