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PUSD taps Reynolds for assistant super post

PRESCOTT – The Prescott Unified School District Governing Board unanimously voted on Thursday night to hire Christopher J. Reynolds as assistant superintendent.

He will begin his new position on July 1 at a yearly salary of $65,000.

Reynolds, who worked a total of 13 years for the Humboldt Unified School District as principal and then assistant superintendent, replaces Kevin Kapp, who held the post for about 10 years.

In April, the Prescott board selected Kapp to succeed Superintendent Roger L. Short, who is resigning to work locally for Northern Arizona University.

As superintendent, Kapp will earn $77,000 a year plus $8,400 in car, life insurance and professional growth allowances. Before his promotion, Kapp's salary for 2000-01 was $62,124 with no extras.

On other matters, the board :

STANFORD 9 SCORE DELAY

• Heard from staff that the district has not received results of the Spring 2001 Stanford 9 Achievement Test.

The scoring company, Harcourt Educational Measurement, has experienced processing problems in relocating its headquarters and expects to deliver the scores by June 25. School officials plan to mail individual student reports to parents during July. Harcourt will reimburse the district for mailing and labor costs.

CERTIFIED NON-TEACHING PAY

• Declared a proposed certified non-teaching salary schedule moot. That's because Attorney General Janet Napolitano issued an opinion on Thursday saying that all certified teachers and others who instruct students to fulfill a student's education mission are eligible for Prop. 301 raises.

Short said that opinion clears the way for the district's 25-plus librarians, counselors, speech pathologists, special one-to-one disabled student teachers and computer technicians to receive Prop. 301 money, including merit and performance pay.

"It broadens the 301 definition of 'teachers' to what our district and many other districts wanted all along," he said.

According to the Associated Press, Napolitano said the law that put Prop. 301 on the November ballot did not define the word "teachers" when it talked about increasing their compensation.

That means lawyers interpreting the law should look to the plain meaning of "teacher," Napolitano said.

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