The Tempe Elementary School District has begun contract negotiations to hire a Colorado educator as its next superintendent.
The district may vote at a Feb. 16 board meeting to hire Barbara Day, an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction from the kindergarten- through 12thgrade Falcon School District just east of Colorado Springs.
"Dr. Day has distinguished herself as the candidate who best meets the future needs of the Tempe Elementary School District," said board president Kim Gomez in a written statement.
Former Superintendent John Baracy left the district in June to become superintendent of the Scottsdale Unified School District.
The board narrowed a list of candidates to three last week, and allowed the public to meet the candidates in meetings Monday through Wednesday.
The district will conduct a background check and board members plan to visit Day at her district in Colorado before they make their final decision.
Day, 56, began her career 33 years ago as a special education teacher in Kansas.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education and social studies from Northwestern University, and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Texas.
Day also was principal of a special needs school in Texas before moving to Colorado to become an educational consultant and then assistant superintendent.
Day applied for the position as she was preparing to move to Arizona.
She is engaged to marry Mark Maksimowicz, who recently became superintendent of the Dysart Unified School District in El Mirage.
"Tempe is a wonderful school district with a very strong staff," Day said. "So I would continue to move in the direction they’ve been going — bringing quality programs that meet the needs of a wide variety of students."
Day said she hoped to come up with more ideas to expand what she called a "first-class" list of educational options the district offers, in hope of continuing to increase out-ofdistrict enrollment.
Day said she was looking forward to her move to Arizona.
"I’m just thrilled to death," Day said.