January 24, 2005
The search for a new Tempe Elementary School District superintendent has been whittled down to three candidates, and the public can meet them this week.
Interim superintendent Debra Gomez is not among the finalists. Kim Gomez, president of the district’s governing board, said "the timing is not right" to comment on why.
The finalists are:
• Barbara Day, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for Falcon School District 49 in Colorado.
• Donna Lewis, associate superintendent for accountability for the Arizona Department of Education.
• Kenneth Salas, assistant superintendent for the Mesa Unified School District.
The public can meet each finalist during forums 4 to 6 p.m. today, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Sanchez Administration Building, 3205 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Today’s forum is with Salas, Tuesday’s with Day, and Wednesday’s with Lewis.
The school board began a national hunt for a superintendent after John Baracy left the position in late June to become the Scottsdale Un ified School District superintendent.
Debra Gomez, formerly an associate superintendent with the Tempe Elementary district, stepped in as interim superintendent and applied to take the job permanently.
Since Debra Gomez was applying, board member Rose Crutcher questioned the estimated $40,000 cost for the superintendent hunt.
However, the board unanimously agreed it was best to review all candidates to ensure the district had the best match.
The board will hold a special meeting 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Sanchez Administration Building to discuss the finalists, and it may announce a selection.
The board is scheduled to select a superintendent Feb. 16.
For information, call (480) 730-7100.