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2/25/2014 9:52:00 AM
Grand Canyon School superintendent search underway
Grand Canyon School. Clara Beard/WGCN
Grand Canyon School. Clara Beard/WGCN

Clara Beard
Williams-Grand Canyon News Reporter

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - The search is underway for a new full-time superintendent at Grand Canyon School (GCS).

After GCS Superintendent Nancy Alexander announced she planned to leave at the end of the school year, the governing board voted Feb. 11 to pursue a full time superintendent, who will also direct the special education program, and a dean of students to help Principal Toby Melster.

In an effort to increase the community participation in the selection, consultant Mike Aylstock scheduled a public forum on Feb. 18 for students, staff, parents and community members to voice what they would like to see in the new position. Around 10-12 staff members attended the meeting, along with eight community members.

Alystock said that overall, the public wanted a superintendent who would "come in and stay a while."

"Not someone to come in with a whole new bag of their own ideas, but to tweak things more than turn over the apple cart," said Alystock, who hopes to have the job description finalized and posted by March 1. "The district needs stability and needs someone who will come in and continue the work that Nancy Alexander has done and involve the staff in discussion and make people feel valued."

Alystock plans to share the community's comments with finalists so they are aware of what the community is after in a superintendent.

The deadline to apply for the superintendent position will close on April 3. The district will begin advertising the first week of March and plans to name Alexander's replacement by the first week of May.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Article comment by: John McCann

Funny how this school continues to falter. Staff changes, admin changes. Perhaps if families were to have read Hartigan's homework article and more parents made fewer excuses as to why they are too busy and got an education of their own - teachers could actually start teaching at grade level. The teachers are strong, but how long will these teachers choose to be evaluated by children who are neglected at home.

Posted: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Article comment by: Keith Wilmot

Is that you Bob?

Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Article comment by: TO ROBERT

For the same reason all the other professional people leave this area if they can not prosper in this closed-gene-pool if you show any creativity and desire to go beyond the "rules" that the local aristocracy has established

Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Article comment by: Robert Blas

Why have the past superintendents left? Are we running them off?

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