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Board accepts Frei’s resignation

July 21, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — Riley Frei’s tenure as superintendent of the Colorado River Union High School District came to an end last week, just short of eight years after his hiring.

On Thursday night, the school district’s governing board voted to accept his resignation.

The board voted last week to re-assign Frei to a construction supervisor position. The agenda for Thursday’s special meeting contained an item titled “Discussion and possible action to approve a modified employment contract with district employee Riley Frei for his reassignment.”

After a closed-door executive session that lasted more than two hours, board members emerged and said they were accepting Frei’s resignation.

Benje Hookstra, who had been the district’s assistant superintendent for instruction, was named interim superintendent.

Hookstra was superintendent of the Bullhead City Elementary School District before the districts signed a shared services agreement in 2013 that gave them a unified administrative staff led by Frei.

Hookstra was superintendent of the K-12 Spalding (Neb.) Public Schools for 27 years before retiring to Arizona.

Board President Kari Hoffman said Hookstra will be at the head of the CRUHSD until a new superintendent is named, which probably won’t happen until next year.

The construction supervisor position to which Frei was supposed to transfer was to oversee work on $35 million in district bond projects, including campus improvements at Mohave and River Valley high schools and a new multipurpose athletic building.

Hoffman said that district leaders will meet with International Coliseums Co. representatives to determine how to proceed.

Contractor CORE Construction has assigned a project manager for the field house, she said.

Under Frei’s leadership, the district started a new school, CRUHSD Academy, and launched an “Education Outside the Box” initiative, which seeks greater integration between the schools and the community.

The $35 million bond project, approved by CRUHSD voters in 2016, drew some opposition afterward.

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