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Prescott Unified School District slated to name Joe Howard as superintendent

Joe Howard

Joe Howard

PRESCOTT - Governing board members for Prescott Unified School District are expected to vote Tuesday to offer the superintendent's position to Joe Howard, the district's current assistant superintendent.

In December, Superintendent Dave Smucker, who was hired in 2010, announced his resignation, effective at the end of the current school year.

Howard became assistant superintendent the same year. He was previously principal of Mile High Middle School since 2003 and worked in Chino Valley Unified School District starting in 1996.

Preliminary agendas released Friday indicate the board will go into executive session Tuesday afternoon to discuss "employment for a district administrator." Later that evening, board members are scheduled to "consider offering a contract to Mr. Joe Howard to serve as the new superintendent for Prescott Unified School District ... with employment in this position to begin on July 1, 2015."

"This isn't the time to do a search," governing board President Maureen Erickson said of the board's decision, referring to the districtwide restructuring that will goes into effect at the same time Smucker will be leaving.

"Bringing in a new person from outside wouldn't be prudent," she said.

She said Howard is respected in the community, has been doing an excellent job in his current position and is already aligned with Smucker in the district's operations.

The agenda item does not indicate the length of the contract, the annual salary, nor any nonstandard benefits. Those items have been left blank on the preliminary agenda and will need to be determined before the board votes.

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