Camp Verde Schools hires superintendent

Staff photo by Carol Keefer

With schools doors just about to reopen, the Camp Verde School Board has hired a new superintendent. His name is Ron Maughan (pronounced Mahn) from Prescott Valley.

The 63-year-old administrator comes to the district with a master's degree in science education and school administration and a bachelor's degree in biological science. He indicates a long career in top administration.

Maughan was most recently a planning principal and superintendent at the Humboldt District. From 1996 to 1999 he was with Round Valley School near Springerville and previously a superintendent in Kemmerer, Wyo. (home of J.C. Penny).

"Its easy to say and harder to do, but I am committed to an open-door policy," Maughan has already promised.

The school board agreed to the hire Thursday night after a tedious search by a committee chaired by school board member Andy Ayres. Teachers, board members and citizens sat on the search committee. Finding a new superintendent was necessary when Marilyn Semones suddenly resigned last spring after three years with the district indicating that she and the board were going in different directions. She had two more years on her contract.

Asked what he likes most about the district he will now call home, Maughan said, "I'm extremely pleased with their efforts with the curriculum development and staff evaluation. They are light years ahead of 90 percent. We now need to give them an opportunity with our support to refine the products and procedures they have in place."

The new superintendent said he believes his strengths lie in his ability to work effectively with the board and the community and secondly his understanding and appreciation of the curriculum development process and the elements necessary to insure including student learning.

Salary for the top key position will be $75,000 annually; Maughan will sign a one-year contract. Residency is not a requirement for the position, but he indicated he will move to the area. He is married to Jeanette, a small-business owner in Prescott Valley and they have six grown children.

Maughan said he will officially take over Monday. School begins Wednesday.

Change of guard takes place this week

BY CAROL KEEFER

Staff Reporter

Camp Verde Schools Acting Superintendent Steve Marshall was extremely busy last week juggling two jobs; one as acting school superintendent and the other, his normal job as Camp Verde High School principal.

Marshall was busy doing things like meeting with teachers to go over curriculum and schedules as a new school superintendent came on board. Ron Maughan will take over the top administration role sometime this week (see related story).

Marshall indicates he's extremely glad to see Maughan's arrival, but in the meantime continues to prepare for school's opening day on Wednesday.

Marshall said that the school has many goals this upcoming school year, but foremost, it's "to improve test scores; Stanford 9, AIMS and district assessments." Secondly, he said, particularly at the high school "is to continue to work on curriculum and district assessments" and third "to reduce the school's failure rates."

With President Bush's implementation of "Leave No Child Behind" bill, he said the school is quickly working to meet the new requirements. He said the curriculum director was busy just last week preparing the improvement plan necessary to go out mid-month. The school will not qualify for federal grant money without meeting the new requirements. He said it's important to get students to make annual progress so not to be a failing school.

Students, he said, can expect some changes this year. There are handbook modifications approved by the board such as the inclusion of a semi-open campus code for upper classmen and downsizing the dress code; the addition of new doors at the middle and high school and the installation of a new security on campus. Because the security system is digital, he added, tapes can be reviewed at any time.

Seven new teachers are on board at the high school. New or improved classes include the Cisco computer class (networking) and Aires (on computer repair). Heather Scott is the new FFA/agriculture science teacher. Five new teachers join the Middle School staff.

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