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Humboldt School District gains 2 new principals

Humboldt Unified School District gained two new principals June 28 when the governing board approved Bucky Bates, current principal at Prescott's Lincoln Elementary School, for Granville Elementary School, and Dr. Terri Matteson, Student Achievement/Assessment Coordinator for Liberty Elementary District in Buckeye for Glassford Hill Middle School.

Bates has worked as a teacher or principal in several Yavapai County school districts - Seligman, Chino Valley, Prescott, and Humboldt (2004-2005 school year) - and has been the principal at Lincoln School for the past four years. He has nine years' experience as a certified teacher, beginning in 1996, and two years as assistant principal at Granite Mountain Middle School before moving into the top position at Lincoln.

Six candidates applied for the position, and Supt. Paul Stanton and HUSD board president Rich Adler recommended Bates for principal of Granville. Former GES principal, Diana Green, moved into the position of director of Educational Services. Bates earned a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and his principal certificate from Northern Arizona University, and accepted a contract for $64,005.

"Granville is headed in a great direction and I can't wait to be part of it," Bates said. "I think one of my strong skills is community building and working together with people. I want to get to know the kids, parents, staff and the community there."

"He is very focused on knowing every student on his campus," HUSD Supt. Paul Stanton said, adding that when checking Bates' background, he heard "nothing but good reports from PUSD."

Matteson began her teaching experience in Kingman in 1997, and also worked in the Glendale Elementary, Peoria Unified, and Liberty Elementary School districts. During her 18 years with Liberty District, she also was Teacher on Special Assignment as Curriculum Coordinator, Science Coordinator, and Development of Assessment System, and has been an instructional coach.

She earned a Masters degree in Curriculum Development from Grand Canyon University and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University in Phoenix. Matteson was one of five candidates who applied for the position, and begins her position at Glassford Hill Middle School at $68,595. She replaces Dr. Kristen Rex, who accepted a position as Principal/Superintendent in Seligman.

Stanton said he has worked with Matteson in the past and said she is a team player and will make a good fit with Glassford Hill. He pointed out her 23 years' experience in education and her work at the state level as a former director of Science Olympiad, a middle school program.

"I taught science for 14 years at the middle school. I absolutely love middle school students - they are a different breed of animal," Matteson said with a laugh. She is no stranger to the Quad-communities as her parents have lived in Prescott for many years.

The board unanimously approved both administrators, with board member Shelly Damschroder absent.

In other business, the board:

• Approved the 2011-2012 annual budget of $29,737,417.

• Tabled a request to increase tuition for online credit recovery classes from $25 to $50 per class until it hears from high school administrators.

• Approved increasing the pay-to-play fee schedule at all grade levels to help pay for coaches, referees and uniforms.

• Approved nine new positions for Lead Custodian and one Night Preventive Maintenance Custodian.

• Approved the Supplemental Wage Schedule with an in-depth review of positions and rates within six months.

The board meets next at 8 a.m. on July 11 for its all-day Board Retreat, and at 6:30 p.m. on July 12 for its regular meeting, both in the HUSD Transportation Building, 6411 N. Robert Road.

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