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Superintendent Carter, committee to interview District 3 college rep hopefuls

Tim Carter

Tim Carter

CAMP VERDE – Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter looks forward to naming the new District 3 Representative of the Yavapai College District Governing Board.

That announcement, which Carter plans to announce to the public on Dec. 12, is to name the successor to Al Filardo, who resigned effective Dec. 1 but left the college’s district governing board at its Nov. 1 meeting.

The superintendent’s office announced on Nov. 29 that five residents of Yavapai College District 3 – which includes the communities of Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Jerome, Sedona, and the Village of Oak Creek – have applied for the open board seat for a term ending on Dec. 31, 2018.

Superintendent Carter and an advisory committee of five individuals is scheduled to interview candidates at the Yavapai County Building’s Verde Room in Cottonwood on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Address is 10 S. 6th St. in Cottonwood.

The committee, with each member a District 3 resident, will include a Yavapai College student and faculty member, as well as a business person, taxpayer and community member.

Once candidates have been interviewed, the committee will make an official recommendation to Superintendent Carter for his consideration.

For additional feedback, Superintendent Carter will then meet individually with the college administration, as well as with each of the four remaining District Governing Board members.

Superintendent Carter will also accept public comment from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 in the Mingus Room, second floor, of the Yavapai County Building.

Anyone not able to attend either of the public comment sessions may contact Superintendent Carter at 928-925-6560 or

The five candidates include Cottonwood resident Hal Alford, Jerome resident Mary Beth Barr, Village of Oak Creek resident Dr. Connie Harris and Sedona residents Jessica Williamson and Dr. Thomas Yager.

An educator since 1967, Alford has served as a principal in several Arizona schools including Mingus Union High School, and currently operates Pinnacle Performance Consultants of Arizona LLC.

Barr, now director for the Jerome Chamber of Commerce and the Historical Society, worked in the technology and semiconductor industry in California from 1987 to 2003.

Since 1975, Dr. Harris has been an educator, having served as teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of educational service, and associate superintendent. At this time, Dr. Harris is the Arizona Director for AdvancED, a national and international accrediting agency, which accredits many Arizona institutions.

Williamson, who worked for the City of Sedona’s Community Development Department from 2007 until 2009, also served on the Sedona City Council from 2012-2016.

With 16 patents – with six other patents pending, Dr. Yager is an inventor and consultant with Ardent Research.

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