BCESD names two finalists for superintendent position

April 14, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — Two veteran Arizona school administrators — one with longtime local ties — have been selected as finalists to be the next superintendent of the Bullhead City Elementary School District.

The BCESD board on Friday interviewed four candidates and narrowed the field to two: Carolyn Stewart, of Bullhead City, and Lynette Michalski, of Maricopa, Arizona. Stewart and Michalski are scheduled for final interviews with the board on Wednesday; the board could make a decision that night.

An hour-long community meet-and-greet has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday in the district board room, 1004 Hancock Road. The gathering is scheduled to include a question-and-answer session. Following that, the board will return to executive session for its final interviews with the candidates.

The meet-and-greet will be convened as a special meeting of the BCESD board, allowing all board members to be present. Members of the public will be encouraged to submit questions, which will be screened for duplication by a moderator. The public also will be invited to leave written comments for the board to review when it deliberates later that evening.

Michalski and Stewart emerged as finalists after a 4 1/2-hour executive session Friday during which four interviews were held. The district originally had seven applicants for the post being vacated by Supt. Benje Hookstra at the end of the school year. Hookstra, who is retiring, currently serves as superintendent of both the BCESD and the Colorado River Union High School District. CRUHSD board members recently hired Todd Flora to be its new superintendent after Hookstra retires effective June 30.

Michalski previously served as superintendent in both the Gila Bend and Window Rock Unified school districts. Her resume also includes teaching, site and administrative positions in the Maricopa and Chinle school districts.

She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northern Arizona University and has done additional graduate work at Grand Canyon University.

Stewart is no stranger to the Bullhead City Elementary School District. She joined the district in 1989 and retired after 25 years with the district. At various times, she served as principal at Coyote Canyon and Desert Valley elementary schools and the former Bullhead City Junior High, now known as Bullhead City Middle School.

Her career also has included teaching at Mohave Community College’s Bullhead City campus and Northern Arizona University and serving as a principal in the Kayenta, Arizona, school district.

Stewart received her bachelor’s degree from Iowa Wesleyan University and earned her master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Iowa.