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PUSD Administrative Remodel

by | Feb 5, 2018

Like many organizations, in Prescott Unified School District (PUSD) we have an obligation to focus on continuous improvement.

We are constantly reflecting on our practice and asking ourselves, “How can we take it to the next level?” In the simplest and most effective terms, teachers are constantly reflecting on a lesson taught and the level at which each student understood the concept. Reflection and continuous improvement are vital to success in anything that we do.

This month, in PUSD, we are inviting an international education accreditation agency, AdvancEd, to spend three days in our district to make sure we “walk our talk.” This is typical at the high school level, but rare to look at the entire district. We are excited for this expert-take on our schools. We are confident that there will be some validation on the great work that we do, as well as some suggestions for things that we can do better. We will keep you all posted.

Paint canPUSD is currently in a position of thriving from an academic, cultural and budgetary standpoint, at least in terms of thriving in Arizona. Four years ago, we closed two schools, moved many teachers, shuffled administrators, shifted philosophy and much more. Because of the hard work, teamwork and dedication of our instructional leaders, directors, staff, families and community, these changes made substantial positive impact on our Prescott community, students and families.

In addition to the accreditation, we have recently been doing some hard thinking about how we can take the strengths and experience of our leaders and leverage that to truly unify our district. We will be taking some bold steps in order to take this district, we believe, “to the next level.” We will be implementing an “administrative remodel” for the 2018-19 school year.

We  use the word remodel because it means to change the structure or form of something. Similar to a home or kitchen remodel that many of us may have experienced, organizations often think from a “what if” perspective. “What if we moved this over there?” We look for ways to make our homes more efficient. Then we enter a process of transitioning and moving things around with the hope that our new vision is even better than what we were doing before.

In PUSD, we took a look at the great strides that we have taken since our school closures and restructures. Our principals have led great change in a very positive direction. Now, we are going to remodel that leadership and place different leaders and their leadership styles where we think they can affect the next steps of positive change toward the future of Prescott.

Collage of principals

The following Prescott administrators are all working very closely with each other and our school staffs to move toward this remodeling of leadership in PUSD. To achieve the goals described above, the following changes will occur:

  • Stephanie Hillig, current Prescott High School principal, will be the principal at Abia Judd Elementary.
  • Mark Goligoski, current Mile High Middle School principal, will be the principal at Prescott High School.
  • Andy Binder, current  Mile High Middle School assistant principal, will be the principal at Mile High Middle School.
  • Clark Tenney, current Abia Judd Elementary principal, will be the assistant principal at Prescott High School.
  • Amy Buettner, current Prescott High School assistant principal, will be the assistant principal at Mile High Middle School.


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