District negotiating with potential facility manager

September 14, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — Colorado River Union High School District governing board members have figured out who they want to be the general manager of the Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse.

But they‘re not publicly naming him yet.

The board voted Wednesday night to extend a contract offer to one of two finalists.

Board President Kari Hoffman said the district and the top candidate will now enter negotiations, and if the parties can reach an agreement, his name will be revealed. Neither finalist has been identified publicly.

The decision came after the board interviewed both finalists over three hours in a closed-door executive session.

District spokesman Lance Ross said about 40 people applied for the position.

A screening committee that included two board members and representatives of the Bullhead City government and the Laughlin and Bullhead City chambers of commerce reviewed the field, selecting some candidates for telephone and Skype interviews.

The finalists, Ross said, toured the construction site with district Supt. Benje Hookstra earlier Wednesday.

The fieldhouse, the future home of Mohave and River Valley high school athletic events, is under construction near Highway 95 and Bullhead Parkway South.

It was part of a bond package approved by CRUHSD voters in 2016. The package also included about $3 million in campus improvements at the schools.

In June, Anderson Auto Group, which owns dealerships in Bullhead City, Lake Havasu City and Kingman, bought naming rights to the building for $125,000 a year in a five-year contract.

The fieldhouse is expected to open in the spring. It will be able to accommodate sports that include football, basketball and volleyball as well as trade shows and graduations, among other events, district officials have said.

Board members tabled an agenda item related to action regarding a separation agreement with former Supt. Riley Frei, who resigned in July.

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