Foist wants out at Mingus

'Here we go again, back to that Mingus revolving door'

Tim Foist: “... here we go again, back to that Mingus revolving door.” For that, I am disappointed in myself, and yet I find myself not being able to lead, so I believe it is time to let someone else with new ideas come in and continue working with some very talented teachers.”<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

Tim Foist: “... here we go again, back to that Mingus revolving door.” For that, I am disappointed in myself, and yet I find myself not being able to lead, so I believe it is time to let someone else with new ideas come in and continue working with some very talented teachers.”<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

COTTONWOOD - Counting back to Mingus Union School Superintendent Sharyl Allen, who resigned in June 2007, the district has had three superintendents and two interim superintendents in less than four years. Now, current Superintendent Tim Foist has asked the school board to release him from his contract a year early so that he can resign effective June 30.

The item is on the board's meeting Thursday night.

School Board President John Tavasci did not know until Tuesday morning that Foist had requested to be let out of his contract. Because Foist has two years remaining on his contract, the board would have to vote to release him early. That would mean another search for a new superintendent.

"I do not know at this time without a decision on Tim's resignation from the board and direction from the board how we would proceed with a search," Tavasci said Tuesday.

Foist said he does not know about the search for a new superintendent. "But here we go again, back to that Mingus revolving door," Foist said.

"For that, I am disappointed in myself," Foist said, "and yet I find myself not being able to lead, so I believe it is time to let someone else with new ideas come in and continue working with some very talented teachers."

Foist said the staff at Mingus might be the best high school staff he has been associated with.

"I will stay in education," Foist said. "Most likely in Arizona."

Foist said he isn't getting along with board member Mike Mulcaire. "But that is more about CTE (career and technology education) and time on task," he said.

"I am always amazed at the list of good things that get overshadowed by a personal agenda item," Foist said. "I am also saddened that it takes almost 80 percent of our energies fighting something like a class schedule or lunch. This time should be spent supporting instruction, students, staff and parents."

Foist said he gave his word that when a board member felt he needed to go that he would. "I try very hard to keep my word," he said. "I still like completing a deal with a handshake."

Among his accomplishments that he is proudest of, Foist mentioned restructuring the bus barn for a savings of $80,000 in overtime and $20,000 in bus parts. The Academy at Mingus is another accomplishment Foist pointed to. He said the Academy has given many students a second chance. The Academy also has built in about $205,000 in the district maintenance and operation and soft capital budgets.

Goals that Foist has before he leaves include putting in a solar energy system for the entire campus that will lock in costs.

By Philip Wright

Staff Reporter



COTTONWOOD - Mingus Union School Superintendent Tim Foist will ask the school board to release him from the final year on his contract during the board's meeting tomorrow night.

The meeting agenda was updated over the weekend to include, under the consent agenda, Foist's retirement effective June 30. Foist is now in his second school year as district superintendent. His contract isn't up until June 30, 2012.

The consent agenda typically lists items considered to be routine, and all items on the consent agenda usually are enacted by a single motion. An item such as an administrator's resignation or early retirement normally shows up on the regular agenda for discussion and possible action.

However, a board member may pull any consent agenda item for separate discussion.

Board President John Tavasci told The Verde Independent that he didn't find out about Foist's request until Tuesday morning.

"He has a contract with MUHS for this year and next," Tavasci said. "There would be no buy out if he resigns and the board accepts it."

The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. A work session for the board has been scheduled in the cafeteria for 6 p.m.

The only item on the work session agenda is a presentation on solar energy.

That subject also is on the meeting agenda. The board will discuss and possibly take action to direct Superintendent Foist and Business Manager Kirk Waddle to advertise a request for presentations to put the district on solar power. The solar plant would be located on the district land across Camino Real from the high school.

The meeting agenda also calls for discussion and possible action on the lunch program and the class schedule.

The board meets at 1801 E. Fir St. in Cottonwood.

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