Mayer School District taps Dean Slaga as principal/ superintendent
The Mayer Unified School District Governing Board Wednesday evening offered Dean Slaga a three-year principal/ superintendent contract.
Slaga is currently the assistant superintendent for the Humboldt Unified School District. He was one of the four finalists selected during HUSD's first superintendent search. HUSD decided to launch its superintendent search all over.
Slaga signed his contract during a special meeting of the MUSD governing board. He will earn $90,000 a year and receive all the benefits given to other district employees, such has health insurance, sick leave and vacation.
In addition, the district will provide Slaga with a $500 per month vehicle allowance and $750 per year for professional dues and fees.
MUSD Governing Board President Mark Mathern said Slaga's "interview convinced me he was right for the job. His resume was good, and he has a great work history."
Slaga will face challenges involving budget and a declining enrollment.
The board members expect him to complete construction related to the district's bond projects.
Mathern thinks bringing Slaga on board will improve employee morale.
Board Member Jeremy Barr said Slaga, "has a thorough understanding of the educational system and has outstanding leadership skills. He holds people responsible."
Slaga will take over the top spot at MUSD June 1 as interim principal/superintendent Paul Hanley leaves May 31.
Slaga joined HUSD in 1994 as a math teacher/coach at Bradshaw Mountain High School. From 1998-2003, he was the dean of students at BMHS, and in 2003 he accepted the job as administrator on assignment/principal. He remained in that position until 2006, when he moved into the district office as assistant superintendent for education services.
Slaga earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics/business computer science from Jamestown University and a master's degree in educational leadership from the University of Phoenix.
In addition to his administrative duties at HUSD, Slaga serves on a number of state educational boards, including as an elected member of No Child Left Behind Committee of Practitioners, the State Superintendents Assessment Advisory Committee and the State Superintendents Accountability Advisory Committee.
MUSD selected Slaga from a field of 23 applicants that included four women and 19 men, eight from out of state and 15 from Arizona.
With the help of the Arizona School Board Association, the governing board reviewed 19 applications, narrowed the candidates to four and interviewed three. In addition to Slaga, the governing board interviewed Paul Roads, currently a superintendent in Indiana, and Roy Sandoval, a high school principal in Payson.