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JTED board elects Sircy of Bagdad as president

One woman and six men met for the first time the evening of Thursday. By the end of the evening, they had formed the newest educational governing board in Yavapai County.

These seven people, who are on the board by appointment by seven different public school district governing boards, took an oath of office as members of the Mountain Institute, Joint Technology Education District, Governing Board.

At a reception before the meeting, Ash Fork resident and JTED campaign member Heidi Baker was excited about the formation of Mountain Institute.

"People in rural areas responded really well" to the formation of the district, Baker said.

The newly formed governing board elected Kathy Sircy, representing Bagdad Unified School District, as president, and Roger Harlow, Chino Valley Unified School District, as vice president.

"It will be a lot of work, a lot of hard work, but it is worth it. When you have the chance to do something good, you should grab it," Sircy said.

Thursday's election of officers came at the end of a meeting County School Superintendent Tim Carter led, designed to establish the operational proceedings for future meetings.

The board approved the Yavapai County Administrative Services Building, 1015 Fair Street in Prescott, as the official posting site for its governing board agendas.

The board will meet at 6 p.m. Mondays twice a month at alternating member districts. However, during the next few months, the board will meet weekly to handle a variety of issues, including meeting a March 13 deadline to submit a course list to the Arizona Department of Education.

During the next few months the board also will discuss financing and a budget.

The board approved a membership agreement with the Arizona School Risk Retention Trust for liability insurance, and membership in the Arizona School Boards Association.

The members of the Mountain Institute board include:

• Jon Jones of the Ash Fork School District. He is a retired peace officer who has a degree in business and management, and a master's degree in educational administration. Jones is currently the principal of Ash Fork schools. His expertise is in the "Public Safety/Law Enforcement/K-12 Education" sectors.

• Sircy has an extensive "Mining/Manufacturing" background. She is a former member of the Bagdad School District Governing Board. Sircy has a general business degree, and mining industry experience. She is currently the training coordinator for Freeport-McRoRan.

• Harlow's specialty is "Military Science/Electronics/Higher Education." He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 20 years as an instructor and course director for its Electronics Schools. Harlow also worked as a Project Leader for Motorola and taught at Mesa Community College.

• Thomas Liuzzo represents Humboldt Unified School District. He is a registered land surveyor and NICET Level 3 construction manager, with degrees in mechanical engineering technology, geomatics and GIS, and engineering management. His expertise is in "Land Survey/Construction Services."

• Casey Samsill is the representative from Mayer School District. He owns Colt Trailer Sales and Service, and previously owned Samsill Feed and Western Store. He is associated with the Mounted Sheriff's Posse, the Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Boy Scouts. His area of expertise is "Residential Construction/Real Estate Development/Small Business."

• Jesse Eller represents Prescott Unified School District. He brings a knowledge of "Government Services/Allied Health" fields, which includes training in management and marketing, as well as a master's degree in business administration. Eller is currently the director of Yavapai County Long Term Care and is an active member of Prescott Area Leadership.

• Ronnie Hawley represents the Seligman School District. He is completing his associates degree from Yavapai College and works for Chemical Lime where he is a lab technician and provides purchasing services. Hawley volunteers with the Seligman Fire Department, tutors math and is a martial arts instructor in the Seligman schools. His area of expertise is "Chemical/Purchasing Services/Fire Science."

"These serve civic-minded members of Yavapai County hold the key to a much brighter future for career and technical education and expanded partnerships with the business community, while safeguarding the investment of our taxpayers," Carter said.

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