April 5, 2005
Teachers and parents on Monday urged the three remaining candidates for Tempe Elementary School District superintendent to maintain certain programs if selected.
"I see the superintendent as the person who will make the choice whether my kids will have P.E., art and music," said mother Rochelle Wells.
The candidates met for three hours with about 50 people as the governing board wraps up selecting who will become the next superintendent.
They are: Sally Harrison, deputy superintendent for Stamford Public Schools in Stamford, Conn.; Griff Powell, consultant for Ombudsman Educational Services in Illinois; and Arthur Tate, superintendent of Haverhill Public Schools in Haverhill, Mass.
The board meets for one last round of interviews with the candidates today.
The board could vote immediately following interviews at a 7 p.m. meeting today, or may wait for a 6 p.m. meeting Wednesday, both at 3205 S. Rural Road, Tempe.
John Baracy left the district to become superintendent of the Scottsdale Unified School District. Former associate superintendent Debra Gomez is serving as interim superintendent.
The candidates promised to protect those programs and also to create new bonds with area business.
Questions for the candidates also focused on maintaining a marketing campaign that draws students into the
district, and updating school buildings and technology.