Citing personal reasons that keep him from entering a contract for more than one year, Doug Wilson of Litchfield Park turned down the Mingus Union superintendent job.
Wilson was the board's top choice after conducting in-person interviews with three finalists. The board authorized its president, Andy Groseta, to negotiate a contract with Wilson including a salary of $95,000 per year.
Groseta sent an e-mail news release last week stating that Wilson had withdrawn his name from consideration. In that release, Wilson's reason was given as, "for personal family reasons, we would not be able to give MUHSD a commitment beyond one year."
MUHS board member Tom Parmarter said Friday that Wilson's wife has family in Colorado, and they likely would need to move there within a year. "He had an interview in Colorado," Parmarter said. Parmarter did not know if Wilson had received a job offer following the Colorado interview.
"We did make an offer to Scott Dunsmore," Parmarter said. "We authorized Andy (Groseta) to negotiate a contract with Scott."
Parmarter said the salary offer would be in the same range as that offered to Wilson. He is confident that Dunsmore has more of a commitment to coming to Cottonwood as the superintendent.
"I think we got an excited response," he said.
No details or timeline were available at press time.
Dunsmore started in education as a seventh-grade science teacher before teaching high school math. He then served as high school principal in a Hopi Reservation junior and senior high school. He has about six years experience as a superintendent, including four years on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.