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Mingus Union mum on new superintendent, consolidation election, Bateman restitution
Board directs attorney to ‘act according to instructions’ from Tuesday’s executive session

The Mingus Union School Board has not yet decided - at least not in open meeting - who will replace Acting Superintendent Genie Gee on June 30. Mike Westcott, pictured, is the district’s only candidate following an internal search. VVN/Bill Helm

The Mingus Union School Board has not yet decided - at least not in open meeting - who will replace Acting Superintendent Genie Gee on June 30. Mike Westcott, pictured, is the district’s only candidate following an internal search. VVN/Bill Helm

COTTONWOOD – Tuesday in executive session, the Mingus Union School Board spent more than two hours with its legal representation.

How to replace Acting Superintendent Genie Gee was one of the items on the agenda for the board’s closed-door session.

But who to employ as superintendent was not addressed, at least not in open session, as Board President Lori Drake motioned that district counsel Susan Segal “act according to our instructions in executive session.”

Drake also made the same motion for the other items, which included how to proceed with a legal request to delay the school district consolidation election for another year, as well as whether to seek restitution against the district’s former administrative assistant, Brandi Bateman.

“There’s nothing more that I can say,” Drake said following the meeting.

The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting stated the school board, following executive session, would have “discussion and possible action concerning the selection of a superintendent and the terms of contract with the district and a superintendent.” In a June 5 story in the Verde Independent, Drake said “All options” regarding the district’s superintendent for the 2019-2020 school year will be “thoroughly and transparently discussed by the governing board as a whole at our June 11 meeting.”

The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting also stated the board would have “discussion and possible action” on the consolidation election and Bateman restitution issues.

The district’s internal search to replace Gee as acting superintendent yielded one internal candidate – 2016 Yavapai County Teacher of the Year Mike Westcott.

Westcott, who is interning as superintendent with Gee, applied for the position following Gee’s May 14 announcement that she wanted to serve solely as the school’s principal.

In May, Drake said that if the district’s internal search is “not fruitful,” the board could continue its search by first hiring an interim superintendent.

Gee’s last day as acting superintendent will be June 30. She will remain as the school’s principal, a role she has held since 2018.

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