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County School Supt. Tim Carter appoints LaBeth Pondish to JTED board

Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter has announced the appointment of Ms. LaBeth Pondish to the Mountain Institute JTED Governing Board, representing the Humboldt Unified School District.

The appointment is effective now and will expire on Dec. 31, 2012. The vacancy was due to the resignation of veteran Board Member Thomas Liuzzo, who developed a conflict with his church schedule and family commitments. Carter said Liuzzo's service to the community and the school district is greatly appreciated.

Pondish has been a resident of the district for four years. She is a graduate of Sam Houston State University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English and Government and a Master of Science from the University of Houston - Clear Lake in Curriculum and Instruction.

She taught English for thirty-one years, primarily with the La Porte Independent School District in Texas, before relocating to Prescott Valley. In retirement, she has supervised secondary student teachers for Prescott College.

"Ms. Pondish is familiar with the operations and scope of governing boards. She is a solid proponent of career and technical education and should be an excellent resource to the Mountain Institute JTED Governing Board. I believe she will represent the voters of the Humboldt School District very well. Her past experience as an educator will be a benefit as she carries out her new responsibilities," Carter said.

Mr. Carter accepted letters of interest from residents before conducting individual interviews of those who applied. He then spoke individually with the elected members of the Humboldt and Mountain Institute Governing Boards and with administration from both districts.

Mr. Carter may be reached at 928-771-3326 (office) or 928-925-6560 (cell). Ms. Pondish may be contacted at 928-775-0393.

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