YUHSD be­gins search­ing for new su­per­in­ten­dent


Plans for the search process to re­place Toni Badone were set into mo­tion at the Yuma Union High School Dis­trict spe­cial board meet­ing Wednesday evening.

In July of this year, Badone pe­ti­tioned the gov­ern­ing board to al­low her to re­tire.

She was of­fered a po­si­tion as the state direc­tor for Ad­vancED, ac­cord­ing to a past Yuma Sun article. Ad­vancED is a non­profit, non-par­ti­san ed­u­ca­tion anal­y­sis or­ga­ni­za­tion that re­views of a va­ri­ety of ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions and sys­tems, ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s web­site.

The board voted 5-0 to ap­prove Badone’s re­tire­ment. She was sched­uled to be­gin her new po­si­tion in Tempe on Oct. 2. Badone served as YUHSD su­per­in­ten­dent for ten years.

As­so­ci­ate Su­per­in­ten­dent Gina Thomp­son has been serv­ing as in­terim su­per­in­ten­dent since Badone’s re­tire­ment. To as­sist with a search for Badone’s re­place­ment, the YUHSD board hired the Ari­zona School Boards As­so­ci­a­tion (ASBA).

Ni­cholas Cle­ment, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from ASBA, said dur­ing Wednesday night’s meet­ing that the process will in­clude eight phases, and the aim is to get some­one on board as YUHSD su­per­in­ten­dent as close to the start of the sec­ond se­mes­ter as pos­si­ble.

Dur­ing the search, he noted that there are two types of goals that should be reached when se­lect­ing a new YUHSD su­per­in­ten­dent.

“One is an out­come,” he said. “What is the out­come that you want? It’s se­lect the high­est qual­i­fied, best su­per­in­ten­dent to lead Yuma Union High School Dis­trict for­ward. That is the out­come goal and that is where we want to get. But, in or­der to get there we need some process goals . ... The process goals are want to make it as trans­par­ent and we want to get as much stake­holder in­put as pos­si­ble.”

Stake­hold­ers, he ex­plained, are com­mu­nity mem­bers such as par­ents, guardians, fac­ulty, staff, fam­ily etc. In or­der to get stake­holder in­put, the YUHSD board voted unan­i­mously to ap­prove a sur­vey — which is to be ad­min­is­tered at a date still to be de­ter­mined — for com­mu­nity mem­bers to pro­vide in­sight on char­ac­ter­is­tics they wish to see in the fu­ture su­per­in­ten­dent.

“This would serve as an in­for­ma­tion item to give you some data that would help as you move through the process,” said Cle­ment. “It will show you what your stake­hold­ers are feel­ing about the char­ac­ter­is­tics of your leader-your next leader-which would help in the in­ter­view process as we move through this.”

The other as­pect of the stake­holder in­put, he said, would be “build­ing in to the fi­nal­ist in­ter­view day a fo­rum that would be open to the com­mu­nity.”

Dur­ing that fo­rum, which is to be con­ducted by ASBA at a date later to be de­ter­mined, mem­bers of the com­mu­nity would be able to ask fi­nal­ists ques­tions as well as learn more about them. The YUHSD board voted unan­i­mously to ap­prove the fo­rum.

In ad­di­tion to stake­holder in­put, the YUHSD board ap­proved a draft pro­file for po­ten­tial can­di­dates which in­cluded po­si­tion re­quire­ments, salary and in­for­ma­tion about YUHSD.

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