Help wanted: BCESD composing ad for new superintendent

February 22, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — The next superintendent of the Bullhead City Elementary School District needs to be a proven leader who has spent some time among the leadership of a school district.

He or she also needs to be versed in school finance and curriculum and easily approachable.

Strong community involvement is also a requirement.

The district’s governing board voted Thursday evening to prepare an advertisement listing those qualities as necessary for a superintendent.

Board secretary Terrie Mohn will add feedback members provided into a draft ad and run it by them by Monday. They will separately sign off on the final document and it will go out by March 1.

The ad took shape in a workshop before the regular meeting Thursday night.

Board members decided to state that the salary range for the position will start at $95,000 a year, declining to identify a ceiling.

Member Kory Burgess said that listing a top salary of $110,000 might cause a “dynamite” candidate to not apply because he or she expects slightly more.

The board decided that the ideal candidate will have at least three to five years of experience in a district office position, such as business manager, curriculum director, assistant superintendent or superintendent.

The position will be advertised through Arizona School Administrators, the universities in the state, traditional job sites and other media and on the Colorado River Schools website.

The board is looking for a replacement for Supt. Benje Hookstra, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Also at the regular meeting, Hookstra said the BCESD and the Colorado River Union High School District have been awarded Safer Schools in America grants. The grants will support the adoption and usage of new school safety products and related research.

The BCESD will receive $200,000 over the three years of the grant and the high school district will get $150,000.

The grants come from Global Grid for Learning, a nonprofit corporation that promotes education initiatives.

Hookstra also told board members that the BCESD has received $440,000 from a settlement between the state government and Volkswagen AG related to advertising claims about the automaker’s diesel engines.

The board already had decided to use any settlement dollars to offset the cost of buying new school buses. Hookstra said the money reduces the cost to the district of its four new buses to $34,000 each.