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PHS principal McCraley to retire at end of school year

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Totsy McCraley

Courier file<br> Totsy McCraley

Prescott Unified School District Superintendent Dave Smucker announced Tuesday that Prescott High School Principal Totsy McCraley has said she will resign at the end of the current school year.

"Mrs. McCraley, the Prescott High School principal, visited with her staff yesterday afternoon and she has made a decision to retire her position at the high school," Smucker said during the PUSD board meeting. "I know she has grandbabies. I talked to her a little bit today and I said 'How are you feeling?' and she said 'Not very good right now. It's still pretty tough.'"

Smucker said McCraley will retire on June 30, and there will be other opportunities to recognize the work that she's done.

"I believe they (PHS staff) gave you a standing ovation, well deserved," Smucker said to McCraley. "You have spent 10 years at Prescott High School, and I know you were in Yuma for a few years too. I just want to thank you for your commitment to the kids and to that staff at Prescott High School for everything you've done to make a difference not only for the kids and the staff, but also for our community."

After PUSD Governing Board members and people in the audience applauded McCraley's service, Board Member Dr. Joan Fleming said, "I was part of the committee that hired Ms. McCraley and that was a really fun thing to do."

Fleming said she remembered McCraley, "sitting out there just all nerves."

"I was freezing to death because I came from Yuma and I had on a summer suit and there was six inches of snow on the ground," McCraley said. "I think that's part of the reason I was shaking."