By Tammy Gray
Jacob Boyle of St. Johns has been selected to replace Holbrook Unified School District Business Manager Garry McDowell, who will retire at the end of June after 30 years with the district.
The district governing board approved the appointment during a special meeting held April 23. Superintendent Robbie Koerperich asked the board to approve a training pay rate for April 23 through June 30 so that McDowell and Boyle can work together to make a smooth transition. Board members unanimously approved the request. Boyle will not be in Holbrook full-time during that period, but will spend time training with McDowell.
Boyle was born and raised in St. Johns. He attended Arizona State University, then completed his degree in business administration at Walden University. He spent several years working for Vanguard Investments before being recruited to serve as finance director for St. Johns schools.
“It’s a different name, but the same job as business manager in Holbrook,” he commented.
He will take the reins on July 1, and in the meantime is planning the move to Holbrook along with his wife and four children. Boyle is active in AYSO soccer, Boy Scouts, the St. Johns school booster club and the Navapache Business Association, and hopes to become involved with Holbrook groups after making the move. His wife will continue to pursue a nursing degree through Northland Pioneer College. “She just has one more year to finish,” Boyle explained.
McDowell pointed out that Boyle is well qualified for the position and, in addition to his degree and experience, has already completed extensive training from the Arizona Association of School Business Officials, as well as training on the accounting software used by all of the schools in Navajo County.
During the board meeting, board member Rosie Sekayumptewa asked whether Boyle was familiar with Impact Aid funding and would continue to press for funding opportunities for Holbrook schools as McDowell has done.
Boyle told the board that he is learning about the different types of funding that Holbrook schools receive and that he will be an advocate for the schools.
Board members unanimously approved the appointment.
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By Tammy Gray