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3 HUSD directors, 1 high school principal begin July 1
School district pays higher salaries to promote from within

Three veteran administrators retire this month and three new administrators begin work July 1 at the Humboldt Unified School District office: Special Services Director Stephanie Rowe, Human Resources Director Dan Streeter, and Food and Nutrition Director Tami Hitt-Wyant. The board filled all three administrative positions internally with current district employees.

In addition, the governing board approved Kort Miner, Bradshaw's assistant principal, as the new principal at its May 15 meeting, and filled Miner's position with Brett Dahl, BMHS science teacher and golf coach, on June 12.

The board offered Streeter, principal at Bradshaw Mountain High School, a lateral promotion to HR director, effective July 1.

Streeter has served as Bradshaw's principal since 2009, and he brings nine years of experience that includes assistant principal for operations and resources at Apollo High School, and teaching and coaching positions with Phoenix and Glendale Union High School districts. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Studies from ASU and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.

The board approved BMHS Assistant Principal Kort Miner as the incoming principal from a field of 12 applicants. The interview team picked three finalists - two outside the district and Miner.

Tami Hitt-Wyant begins as the new director of food and nutrition on July 1, replacing retiring director Rick Littell. Hitt-Wyant earned a bachelor's degree in Recreation Resource Management from the University of Montana, and certification as Registered Dietetic Technician from Central Arizona College.

She joined HUSD two years ago as nutritionist in 2010, and has continued her education, earning 100 continuing education units in the field of food and nutrition and her School Nutrition Specialist credential.

Stephanie Rowe will take over from Dr. Kay Turner as Special Services director for the district, Turner will move into a part-time position as preschool coordinator, a position formerly held by Rowe.

Rowe has been with the district for six years, beginning as a second-grade teacher at Granville Elementary School. For the past five years, she has worked with Turner.

Born and raised in Phoenix, Rowe has worked since she was 16 years old and a senior in high school, she said. She has taught in the elementary and middle schools in regular and special education classrooms, and as a Title 1 reading and math specialist in the Alhambra, Washington and Paradise Valley Unified School districts.

After she and her husband moved to Prescott Valley, he was deployed overseas and she moved into a part-time position with the district's preschool, Bright Futures. Three years ago she became a fulltime staff member by assuming the part-time Individualized Education Plan facilitator's responsibilities, and earned a Master's degree in administration.

"I knew it would put me in a position to learn," she said. "I ask a lot of questions. I'm always learning."

By hiring two of the three new administrators and the principal at the Step 1 level, the district saves $1,825. See additional article for more information on savings and salary schedules.

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