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Queen Creek Unified School District seeks board member

by Hayley Ringle - Jul. 22, 2011 10:28 AM
The Arizona Republic

Queen Creek Unified School District is seeking of a new governing board member after Monica Cavanaugh resigned in June.

Cavanaugh, a board member for three years, had to resign because she was hired as a math teacher and student council advisor at Queen Creek High School. School board members can't work for the district and sit on its school board.

"I love Queen Creek. This is where my heart is," said Cavanaugh, 37, who used to be a math teacher at Queen Creek Middle School and Queen Creek High. "It certainly is hard for me to leave the board but I didn't see myself anywhere else."

Her last job was principal of EdOptions High School in Tempe, which closed its brick-and-mortar school and will strictly be an online school.

Cavanaugh has three children attending Queen Creek schools.

This is the second time Cavanaugh has resigned from the Queen Creek board. She was also on the board in 2001 for one year and resigned when she moved to Casa Grande.

The new school board member would finish out Cavanaugh's term, which will end Dec. 31, 2012. Her replacement could seek election to a full term next year.

There's precedence for such a move: Board member Ken Brague was appointed in 2009 to fill a vacancy after Natalie Lamb moved out of the country, and has since been re-elected to the board.

Interested candidates must be a registered voter and have lived in the district's boundaries for at least a year.

They can apply to the school district by picking up an information notebook at the district office between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday at 20217 E. Chandler Heights Road, Queen Creek. The application deadline is July 29.

Interested candidates are urged to attend a board meeting and talk with board members about the time commitment and responsibilities of being on the school board. School board members are volunteers and are not paid. The board assists the district in planning, budgeting and implementing school programs.

Queen Creek holds its school board meetings typically at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the district office. Work study sessions typically begin at 4:30 p.m. before the meeting.

A collaborative nomination process is now in place to fill school board vacancies by Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools Don Covey.

A team made up of Superintendent Tom Lindsey,board president Del Caron and a teacher representative will choose a nominee and two alternates. The three candidates will attend a seminar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 20 with members of the Queen Creek selection team, where Covey will interview and evaluate the candidates.

Within a week after the seminar, Covey will then decide who will fill the vacancy on the Queen Creek school board.

Information: call the Queen Creek Unified School District, at 480-987-5938.

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