Carolyn Stewart (Left) at CC 20th Anniv (edited) and Lynette Michalski (Right) (Linkedin)
Bullhead City

BCESD Schedules Meet-and-Greet for Superintendent Candidates

Carolyn Stewart (Left) at CC 20th Anniv (edited) and Lynette Michalski (Right) (Linkedin)

BULLHEAD CITY – Two veteran Arizona school administrators have been named as finalists for the next district superintendent of the Bullhead City Elementary School District.

Carolyn Stewart, of Bullhead City, and Lynette Michalski, of Maricopa, will have final interviews April 17 with the BCESD governing board. The board could make a decision that night.

The two were among four semi-finalists interviewed this week by the BCESD governing board Friday during a four-and-a-half hour executive session. Seven candidates applied for the position, which is being vacated by Supt. Benje Hookstra, who is retiring June 30.

The board has scheduled an hour-long community meet-and-greet with a question and answer

session at 6 p.m. Wednesday. It will take place in the school district board room, 1004 Hancock Road. The board will return to executive session for its final interviews with the candidates.

Stewart joined BCESD in 1989, where she served as principal of both Coyote Canyon Elementary and Bullhead City Intermediate Schools.

She previously was a principal in the Kayenta Unified School District in Arizona. She also taught education classes in Bullhead City at Mohave Community College and Northern Arizona University.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Iowa Wesleyan University and her master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Iowa. She retired from BCESD after more than 25 years.

Michalski has served in teaching, site and district administrative positions in the Maricopa and Chinle Unified School Districts. She then was superintendent of both the Gila Bend and Window Rock Unified School Districts.

Michalski received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northern Arizona University.

At Wednesday’s community forum, the public will be invited to submit questions,

which a moderator will screen for duplication. The public also will be able to leave written comments for the board to review when it deliberates that evening.

The meet-and-greet will be convened as a special BCESD meeting, since all governing board members are expected to be present.

This superintendent search is separate from one just completed by the Colorado River Union

High School District. Although the two districts maintain an intergovernmental agreement for

classroom collaboration and some shared services, the BCESD board opted to return to having two superintendents after sharing one for six years.