Friday, October 24, 2008

Will Cowan be the next MPS super?

Superintendant Deb Duvall and other members of the Mesa School board have made it clear that they think Associate Superintendent Cowan is the right fit to take over after Duvall's retirement. Interestingly enough, the majority of the board who will make this decision will be elected in about a week and a half.

When the new board takes over in January, finding the next superintendant will be one of the first things they have to attend to. It will be interesting to see if any of the candidate speak out before the election on Cowan and if they support or oppose him as a replacement. The simple fact is that only one of the 3 candidates would need to agree since it appears that Lane and Hughes are already on board. However, with such a big decision such as this, I would bet that they are going to try to get to as close of a majority as possible.

The next superintendant is going to face some critical times for MPS. The number of students is shrinking and the district has had to make some dramatic cuts. The next leader is going to have to find ways to do more with less and perhaps be on the hook for some unpopular fiscally driven decisions such as closing schools.

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