CRUHSD board selects Flora for superintendent position

March 29, 2019 GMT

BULLHEAD CITY — Todd Flora was chosen late Tuesday night to be the next leader of the Colorado River Union High School District.

The district’s governing board voted unanimously to begin contract negotiations with Flora, currently a program specialist with the Arizona Department of Education’s Flagstaff satellite office.

According to information provided earlier by the board, the salary range for the position was expected to be between $110,000 and $140,000 annually with what was described as a “competitive” benefits package.

“Mr. Flora had a diverse background that gave him a unique skill set that was beneficial to our district,” board President Lori Crampton said. “We were encouraged that he would be able to help us achieve some academic and financial goals.”

Flora’s experience includes roles as a special education director, a federal grants coordinator and a Title I coordinator. He also served the governor of New Jersey as an executive county school superintendent.

Flora’s classroom experience includes teaching economics, social studies and history, as well as serving as a graduate adjunct professor and graduate administrative intern advisor.

At the ADOE, he visits schools and monitors their special education programs for compliance, among other duties.

Flora earned a master’s degree in secondary education and an education specialist degree in education administration policy and law. He holds superintendent certificates in Arizona and New Jersey, as well as a school business administrator’s certificate. Flora was chosen from among 12 applicants in a process that included multiple interviews with the CRUHSD board, as well as community stakeholder forums, roundtable discussions with community leaders, and campus and community tours.

Flora and Supt. Tim Mayclin of the Kimball (South Dakota) School District were the two finalists.

Crampton called making a final selection “a very difficult decision, because we had two excellent candidates.”

The Arizona School Boards Association helped board members with the search process.

CRUHSD has three campuses that together serve more than 1,800 students: Mohave and River Valley high schools and the non-traditional CRUHSD Academy.

Flora will replace Supt. Benje Hookstra, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Flora is expected to start on or before July 1.

“He will be able to come and spend some valuable time with Supt. Hookstra before his retirement,” Crampton said.

Hookstra was assistant superintendent of the CRUHSD and the Bullhead City Elementary School District until Supt. Riley Frei resigned last summer. The districts have shared a superintendent since 2013, but the BCESD voted in January to hire its own superintendent. Its governing board is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. today to discuss district staffing, including its superintendent search. Other positions that may be discussed include curriculum director and business manager.

Flora could not be reached Wednesday, but at a meet-and-greet forum Tuesday afternoon he said that the Bullhead City area is ripe for growth in its economy, in addition to offering plenty of recreational opportunities.