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Community can meet with Mingus superintendent finalists May 23

Mingus teacher Mike Westcott and current MUHS Principal Jennifer Chilton are among the four finalists to become the next Mingus District Superintendent.

Mingus teacher Mike Westcott and current MUHS Principal Jennifer Chilton are among the four finalists to become the next Mingus District Superintendent.

COTTONWOOD - The Mingus Union High School District Governing Board has selected four finalists from the applicant pool to replace District Superintendent Dr. Paul Tighe, who resigned effective the end of the school's fiscal year.

Dr. Tighe, who is facilitating the district's search for his replacement, has invited the finalists to an "intense, full-day interview process" on Monday, May 23, according to a press release from the district.

Two of the finalists would not have far to travel if chosen. Jennifer Chilton, who has been employed by Mingus Union High School District since 2007, is currently the school's principal. Michael Westcott has both taught and coached at Mingus since 1987.

Since Dr. Tighe is aiding in the search for his successor, he says it is best "that I not comment on some of the candidates, as I don't want to infuse any bias nor influence the opinions of staff and community members who will be participating in the process.

"I would prefer they form and express their own opinions when providing input to the board," Dr. Tighe said.

The other finalists to replace Dr. Tighe are Mr. Kim Pearce, principal of Ganado Unified School District in Ganado; and Dr. Steven Bebee, principal of Cave Creek Unified School District in Cave Creek.

Each finalist is expected to interview with a committee of staff, community members and a student, according to the press release. Candidates will meet with district office employees and be shown around the campus by student leaders. Candidates will also be given a leadership assessment.

At 6 p.m. on Monday, May 23, in the Mingus Union High School cafeteria, the community is invited to a forum with the finalists. Anyone in attendance can visit with each of the finalists, as well as provide written feedback to the board.

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