Local school board official accepts state agency position
The Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind is getting a new superintendent in June as Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District board member Marv Lamer transitions into the position.
Lamer has served as the Arizona Department of Education's associate superintendent of the Highly Effective Schools Division for three years, and said now was an opportune time for him to switch over.
"I found I wanted to get back in touch with the students," Lamer said. "That's what I have a chance to do by doing this."
The ASDB serves about 2,000 special needs children across the state. Lamer said his position in the department of education was a "great place to be," but that the ASDB brings him back to his roots in special education.
As the ASDB superintendent, Lamer will oversee Phoenix Day School, Tucson Day School, and five Regional Cooperative Centers throughout Arizona.
"It's going to get me reacquainted with my background in special education and working with kids," he said.
Lamer replaced board member Jason Little in July of last year, a position he will continue to fill. He was the director of the Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education from the time it formed in 2001 until he was appointed to the department of education in the summer of 2011.