COTTONWOOD - Mingus Union High School District's governing board needs to whittle down its list of 13 candidates to replace Dr. Paul Tighe, who will leave on July 1 to become superintendent with the Saddle Mountain Unified School District.
During Monday's special meeting, the board agreed that its best course of action is to pick someone to replace Dr. Tighe on a temporary basis. So the board will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday at the district office to narrow its list of candidates and to decide who to interview.
Before going into executive session, board member Jim Ledbetter said that he was leaning "in the direction of an interim" superintendent.
"When we began the search, it was April - not an ideal time to begin a search. Not terrible, not great," Ledbetter said. "But a January timetable, that's great. We're in a pretty good position for an interim superintendent for the coming year."
The search continues
In April, Dr. Tighe announced he would be leaving Mingus after three years to getting married - and to relocate to the Phoenix area where he spent more than a decade as school administrator. On July 1, Dr. Tighe will begin his tenure as superintendent with the Saddle Mountain Unified School District.
According to Dr. Tighe, several of the candidates to be his replacement "have applied have been asking questions based on the premise of an interim position."
Qualities of a superintendent
Though it is not impossible, board President Anita Glazar said, that an interim superintendent could eventually become permanent.
Someone with "very good strategic vision" is what Ledbetter would like to see in Dr. Tighe's replacement. A person "who has impeccable honesty and integrity - even if it's uncomfortable" is what Glazar would like.
According to board member Anthony Lozano, "hiring and firing are not the most important aspects" of being superintendent.
"Developing a team and an educational culture that reaches out to the students," Lozano said. "Education does not have to be difficult. Learning can be fun."
-- Follow Bill Helm on Twitter @BillHelm42 and on Facebook at @CampVerdeBugle