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Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2007 1:29 pm | Updated: 7:04 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Higley school board member Kim Anderson is forming a political action committee with teachers, parents and community members to identify qualities they want in a new superintendent and to find candidates to run for the board in 2008.

“Now that we know (superintendent Joyce) Lutrey’s resume is out there ... it makes sense that we start looking at what is next,” Anderson said in a press release.

Lutrey was a finalist for a position in Minnesota, but the job was offered to another candidate and she said she plans to stay in Higley Unified School District.

In her press release announcing the formation of the group called HiLTT for Higley Leadership Transition Team, Anderson criticized district administration and her fellow board members.

“It is clear we need someone with at least some experience with growth management. We don’t have that now,” Anderson said. “We plan to do whatever necessary to influence the board to not repeat the same mistake it made three years ago when we hired an underqualified superintendent without a Ph.D from a small and declining district. That just didn’t make any sense.”

Lutrey did not respond to the Tribune’s requests for comment.

HiLTT is also looking to find candidates to run for the governing board in 2008 when Ed Moore, Nancy Eugenis and Denise Standage’s terms are up.

“We are looking for independent thinkers who will reach out to the community and represent their views ... We are going to refocus on kids and parents and we are going to start with three new board members who have kids in the public schools and realize that lawyers aren’t always the best place to get advice on what is best for the community,” she said.

When asked if her comments would create tension on the board, Anderson said it already exists.

In a written response, board president Moore called Anderson’s comments “disappointing.”

“In a few paragraphs she has managed to disparage employees of the district, current and former board members, as well as the parents that participated in the superintendent search three years ago,” he said. “District personnel have been focusing on kids despite the attacks of Mrs. Anderson.”

Moore is also alarmed at the creation of the political action committee.

“I find it frightening that a PAC is being formed whose goal is to replace a majority of the board in 2008,” he said. “How independent will these candidates be? Will the PAC be controlling the board? Is Mrs. Anderson controlling the PAC? Shouldn’t we have board members who come from the community at-large to get diversified representation?”

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