Principal candidates narrowed to three 05.04.2011

Written by David Green.

The Morenci Board of Education is expected to meet in a special session next week to hire a new middle school/high school principal.

From the pool of 18 applicants, a committee of teachers and administrators narrowed the field to three, then left the final decision to school administrators.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Osborne said the selection committee had clarity in its decision.

“As a group, we all came to the same conclusion,” he said. “I was very proud of the group. Now I’m even more glad with who I brought in to decide.”

He believes the group had diverse opinions and gave good overall representation of the district.

He realizes there will be people who are upset with the choices made, but he thinks the decision says more about the candidates who were moved forward than about those who weren’t.

“I feel very comfortable with what’s been done at this point,” he said. “I like where we’re at.”

Osborne stated his appreciation for interim principal Stephen Philipp, who is not a finalist. Philipp was hired shortly before school opened and soon faced some unexpected challenges from situations outside the school.

“Steve came in under very difficult circumstances,” Osborne said. “He really performed a great service and we appreciate what he did.”

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