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Board Appoints Sandoval Gila County School Superintendent

roy cropThe Gila County Board of Supervisors appointed new School Superintendent Roy Sandoval at a special meeting Sept. 2 in Globe. Sandoval thanked the voters for the opportunity to serve and said that he looked forward to being a positive force in the lives of Gila County students.

Sandoval won the Aug. 30 Republican primary race against opponent Gail Gorry, in which there was no Democratic challenger. He will fill the remainder of former Superintendent Dr. Linda O’Dell’s term, effective immediately. O’Dell resigned June 30, 2016, to serve as the Superintendent/Principal of Pine-Strawberry Elementary School District. The board commended the superintendent’s office staff for keeping day to day operations running smoothly after O’Dell’s early departure.

Among those he thanked, Sandoval made special mention of his high school coach Dennis Pirch who, in Sandoval’s words, “somehow encouraged this rascal who was very good at football, but not very good at academics to pursue a career in education.” Sandoval, a first-generation college graduate who grew up in Gisela, told the board he was hopeful he could serve as an example to Gila County students to help change the trajectory of their lives. Sandoval is a lifelong educator who has served as principal of Payson High School (his alma mater), principal of Payson Elementary, turnaround principal at the struggling Alchesay High School, and most recently as a consultant with Southwest School Turnarounds.