/ Modified jun 17, 2017 12:48 p.m.

Episode 142: TUSD Searches for Next Superintendent

Also, Rosemont mine gets US environmental OK; opponents say they'll continue resisting.

Tucson Unified School District's next leader will work for the governing board, which works for the public who elected it, and that means there are a lot of opinions about which traits the next administrator in Tucson's largest school district needs to possess.

The public wants longevity, from "a leader who's here for the long term;" stability; a collaborator and culture builder; and someone who will improve facilities and focus on the educational experience for district students.

The staff at schools wants longevity, visibility and presence in schools, a student-first attitude, and experience leading a large, urban and diverse district.

In this episode

  • The man leading the search for Tucson Unified School District's next superintendent is a former superintendent and educator, Nic Clement. He used to run Flowing Wells Unified School District, and has heard from hundreds of school staff, district residents and students about what the next superintendent should focus on.

  • While Clement searches, the TUSD governing board works with its interim superintendent to continue conducting district business. Mark Stegeman explains some of the issues the board is working on, and decisions it made this week about funding.

  • Hudbay Minerals, Inc. plans to open the Rosemont Copper Mine in the Santa Rita Mountain Range, and has long sought all the federal approvals required to do so. This month, one of the final few approvals came from the Forest Service. Hudbay Vice President Patrick Merrin explains what it means and what's next.

  • The proposed Rosemont Mine is controversial because it will affect the natural environment of the mountain range south of Tucson. Randy Serraglio, of the Center for Biological Diversity, says that group and others are considering a lawsuit to challenge the environmental impact statement that led to the recent Forest Service decision.

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