Tahlequah Daily Press

June 27, 2013

TPS shuffling administrative roles for some

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Several administrators at Tahlequah Public Schools are moving into new roles for the upcoming school year.

Tahlequah Middle School Principal DeAnn Mashburn was selected last month to become the district’s new executive director of human resources and secondary curriculum.

Mashburn is now in the process of moving from the middle school to the central TPS board office, where she essentially replaces Steve Merrill, who resigned recently as the district’s executive director of human resources and federal programs.

Merrill was hired this week at Casa Grande Union High School in Arizona, where Shannon Goodsell, the last TPS superintendent, is now working.

TPS Superintendent Lisa Presley said the federal programs portion of the job Merrill held at Tahlequah has been redistributed to staff at the board office, and the modified role Mashburn is moving into will include secondary curriculum responsibilities. Mashburn officially begins her new job July 1.

Sequoyah Elementary School Principal Jaycie Smith, meanwhile, is positioned to replace Mashburn as the TMS principal.

Board members will vote on that reassignment Friday during a special meeting; and if the move is approved, the district will create an interview committee to select Smith’s replacement as the site administrator for the district’s pre-kindergarten facility.

“We’re hoping to begin that interview process next week,” said Presley. “We’ll have another board meeting July 18, so we hope to have a recommendation by then.”

Nancy Jones, the district’s special services director, has been reassigned to be the district’s executive director of special services.

Board members have also combined two other administrative roles as the result of the retirements of Mike Swim, who was maintenance and grounds director; and Transportation Director Gene Amlin.

Cody Thompson was hired earlier this year to replace Swim as the district’s maintenance and grounds director, and will now serve as the administrator of both maintenance and transportation.