Mon, March 30

Lori Simmons appointed to C-OC board
County Superintendent likes her experience

Lori L. Simmons, current president of the Cottonwood Elementary School PTO, has been selected to fill a vacancy on the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District Governing Board. Her appointment became official about 1 p.m. Friday.

A vacancy opened on the board when Terry Lay resigned recently for personal reasons. Simmons will hold the seat as an appointee through Dec. 31, 2006.

When a vacancy occurs, applications are accepted at the Yavapai County School District office. County School Superintendent Tim Carter conducts interviews, reviews the applications and resumes and ultimately makes the selection.

For this vacancy, Carter said he had two excellent, highly qualified candidates from which to choose.

"It was an agonizing decision," Carter said. "I encouraged both applicants to run for the school board in November."

In the end, he decided on Simmons because of her extensive experience in financial matters, PTO involvement, youth activities and because she has three children in the school district.

"There were lots and lots of positives," Carter said.

Simmons said her interview with Carter was very in-depth. She said she had some doubts after the interview if she would be selected. But serving on the school board is something Simmons has thought about for some time.

"I was ready for this," Simmons said. She said the timing actually fits well with her own plans.

Although she can legally remain as president of the CES PTO, she feels it is advisable not to stay in a leadership role.

Simmons does not come to the C-OC board with an agenda.

"My intent is just to make sure I'm asking the right questions, both on financial matters and for families," she said.

A Senior Business Relationship Manager for Wells Fargo Bank, Simmons' financial background and experience is one of her strengths in the mind of Julie Larson, district superintendent.

"Lori brings a wonderful balance to this board, especially with her background in business and finance," Larson said. "It's really important because we're very open about our finances."

Larson said Simmons' experience with the PTO and youth organizations are great assets for the district.

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