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Superintendent search leads CRUHSD agenda Monday

February 11, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — The search for a new superintendent is a primary concern for members of the Colorado River Union High School District board. They will meet at 6:30 p.m. today in the Colorado River Schools Office at 1004 Hancock Road to discuss and possibly decide on some aspects of this task.

Scheduled for discussion and possible approval is a draft of a recruiting document meant to help attract a new superintendent. It includes information about Mohave and River Valley high schools, the district and the community, as well as some requirements and characteristics the professional seeking to fill the position should possess.

The draft also notes that the salary range is $110,000-$140,000 annually with a benefits package described as “competitive.”

Also on the agenda is an agreement with the Arizona School Board Association for executive search services to assist the district in finding a superintendent. Cost for the ASBA executive recruiter’s expertise would be $5,100 — plus expenses — for up to four search meetings and a three-hour training meeting with the board as well as administrative support, use of the ASBA’s tracking system and its “intellectual capital.”

If the recruiter is required to attend or conduct more meetings than called for in the agreement, each extra meeting would cost the district $500.

Expenses for the task include 54.5 cents a mile or cost of a rental vehicle and fuel to conduct recruitment activities; reimbursement for any necessary office supplies; hotel accommodations and meals (if necessary); and background checks on finalists for the price of $175 each to investigate each candidate.

An online survey meant to determine what community members believe are important leadership qualities for a new superintendent will be available until Wednesday, Feb. 20 on the district’s website, (www.crsk12.org), its Facebook page (Colorado River Schools / @crsk12az) and through Survey Monkey (www.surveymonkey.com/r/ColoradoRiverUnionHighSchoolDistrict_CommunityE-Survey).

Finalists also will meet with the public before the board chooses the final candidate.

Superintendent Benje Hookstra will retire June 30. He has been overseeing operations for CRUHSD and the Bullhead City Elementary School District since last July.

Hookstra had been the BCESD superintendent before the two districts entered a shared services agreement. The BCESD board decided last month to hire its own superintendent.

Another item slated for possible action by the CRUHSD board is the proposed 2019-20 Flex School Year Calendar.

Among other items on the agenda:

Watch a PowerPoint presentation by Ed Catalfamo, the new general manager of the Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse. An open house for the new facility is scheduled for March 2 at 10 a.m. Discuss recent decisions about conflicts of interest that might exist when school board members have relatives working for the same school district. Listen to a safety presentation by the Bullhead City Police Department. Board member Richard Cardone requested a wide-ranging security review and discussion about school security. Focus is likely to be on a few key areas during Monday’s meeting, however.A workshop that starts before the regular meeting will highlight a portion of an ASBA workshop about leadership: ethics, duties and obligations, limits on individual authority, affects of individual actions and when confidentiality is required. It begins at 5:30 p.m.

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