By Julie Wiessner
Lance Heister, assistant superintendent of the Winslow Unified School District, was selected last week to move up to the district’s top spot.
The district governing board went into executive session Oct. 2 to interview a candidate for the position of superintendent. The board has been seeking a replacement since Superintendent Doug Watson submitted his notice of retirement.
Upon returning to regular session, without hesitation the board approved Heister for the post. Heister has 27 years in the educational field, including four years as the district’s assistant superintendent. He obtained his superintendent certification in 2007.
Heister began his career as a high school math teacher from 1987-1991 at Cactus High School in Peoria.
He and his wife Renell moved from Peoria to Heber, and from 1991 to 2009, Heister worked as a math and English teacher, and as the head varsity basketball coach at Mogollon High School.
From 2004, Heister was principal of MHS. He served as the Heber-Overgaard Unified School District’s federal programs director from 2004-09.
“I am very honored to be here and to have been selected as the new Winslow Unified School District’s superintendent,” said Heister.
He will step into his new position at the beginning of the next fiscal year on July 1.
In other action Oct. 2, the board:
* Heard a presentation by Watson concerning a change in how reporting is done for employees who are paid with certain federal money. Those employees must now certify their time in January and July, or at the end of the semester.
* Held the second reading and approved policy changes recommended by the Arizona School Boards Association on how the agenda is written, delegated authority to the superintendent and evaluation of superintendent, the school district annual report, how bidding is conducted by the school district, reporting of hazards and warning systems, accident reporting, emergencies, staff participation in political activities, professional staff certification and credentialing requirements, special instructional programs, animals in schools, immunization of students, medicines and the administration of them to students, reporting child abuse, public solicitations in schools and smoking policies.
* Approved the hiring of Debra Allen as a special education classroom aide at Winslow Junior High School; Jeffrey McCrickard, maintenance worker/painter; and Jaylene Shurtleff, kindergarten classroom aide at Washington Elementary School.
* Approved the transfer of Lavone Brady from substitute teacher to special education classroom aide at Winslow High School.
* Approved the resignation of Steven Arthur as social studies/English teacher at WHS.
* Accepted donations of 140 meals and ice cream coupons from McDonald’s of Winslow to WJHS, and $6.35 from the Safeway 10 percent Goes Back to Schools Program to Washington School.
* Approved a revision to the Safe and Supportive Schools facilitator/coordinator position description as recommended by the Arizona Department of Education.
* Approved the request for bids for parking lot expansion at Jefferson Elementary School.
* Approved a change in the elementary early release calendar to delete April 23, 2014, because Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards testing is scheduled that day.
* Approved the 2012-13 annual financial report.
* Approved expense and revolving fund vouchers.
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By Julie Wiessner