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Fri, Dec. 06

School board fills three positions

PRESCOTT - The Prescott Unified School District received more than 20 applications each for the positions of curriculum and testing coordinator, special education director and food service director.

The PUSD Governing Board Tuesday evening approved hiring Heidi Atkinson as the new curriculum and testing coordinator; Dan Balcerak as the new special education director; and Robert Toomer as the new food service director.

Superintendent Kevin Kapp said the curriculum and testing coordinator selection committee interviewed six applicants and recommended three people for further interviews.

After interviewing the final three applicants, Kapp recommended Atkinson for the position.

He said she is currently the K-12 math coordinator for the Val Verde School District in California.

"This is the first time we have hired a person for this position with high school experience," Kapp said.

The director of special education and student services selection committee interviewed six candidates for the special education director position.

"This was another difficult decision," Kapp said.

Balcerak is an experienced elementary principal and special education director from the Fort Collins, Colo. area.

PUSD Chief Financial Officer Renee Raskin said the food services selection committee interviewed four candidates for the director's position.

Raskin said Toomer is currently the director of food services in Sunnyside, Wash.


The governing board approved a proclamation declaring April as Substance Abuse Awareness Month.

Kapp, who represents PUSD on the anti-substance abuse task force, MATForce, said MATForce hopes to raise awareness of dangers of alcohol and other drug use among students.

County Supervisor Tom Thurman is also a member of MATForce. He said the only way to win the war on drugs is to education children.

Thurman said if students and children refuse to use or buy drugs, the drug dealers would go out of business.

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