Lake Havasu Unified School District Governing Board President Jo Navaretta put to rest any notion that the selection of the new high school principal lacked transparency on Tuesday.
In fact, Navaretta said, it was because of concern that the process had not been inclusive to all local candidates that the job will be reposted later this month.
The announcement of the selection of a new principal for Lake Havasu High School was listed as an agenda item at the governing board’s April 8 meeting. But the board at that time chose to repost the position with slightly different requirements and qualifications, leading to confusion and, in some, suspicion.
Navaretta explained this week that the selection committee which reviews applicants and makes recommendations to the superintendent did not have a copy of the procedures and that the wording of the required experience should have indicated administrative duties rather than just administrative experience, a slightly broader term than the original listing.
“The principal application has not been updated for the past 15 years,” Navaretta said. “Even though the board and the ARS policy gives the board the right to go forward, board members wanted to be completely clear and felt that the way to be fair was to start the process again from the beginning after the clarifications to the job description were made.”
“We recognize the leadership qualities and talent we have in our employees and want to give them every opportunity to advance their careers in our district. The governing board has the final decision on all hiring and makes their decision based on those recommendations,” she said. “The candidate (originally) selected along with other candidates, are encouraged to apply.”
The board will meet on April 22 to vote on the revision of the job description.