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Coolidge district seeks leader — again

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Posted: Saturday, January 6, 2007 6:26 am | Updated: 8:06 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Coolidge Unified School District is looking for a superintendent. Again. Darlene White was hired for the position on an interim basis for the 2006-07 school year. She is the district’s third superintendent in three years.

Tom Beckett, director of human resources and spokesman for the district, said Coolidge is undergoing rapid growth and the school district can use some stability.

“Continuity is always an important aspect,” he said. “In a district (or) any industry, whenever you have a lot of transitioning you lose a lot of continuity. It’s not an optimum situation.”

Beckett said changes in leadership can affect the vision of an organization.

“Many times leadership will drive the goals, objectives of a district,” he said.

The Coolidge superintendents for the past three years — White, William Christen and Ralph Brooks — have all been concerned with the same big picture, Beckett said.

“But the devil is in the details when you try to implement different ways to get to those ends,” he said.

What’s going on with the superintendent’s position can affect classroom achievement and teacher satisfaction.

The district is working with a firm called Search Solutions Inc. to conduct a nationwide search for a permanent superintendent.

Part of White’s job description for the year is to spearhead the search, Beckett said. He did not know whether she intends to apply for the permanent position.

White could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

The district is holding simultaneous community forums at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 for public input at Mountain Vista Elementary School, 33622 N. Mountain Vista Blvd. near Queen Creek, and at the district office board room, 221 W. Central Ave. in Coolidge.

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