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Principal at failing school resigns to go to another district
By Kristen Go
The Arizona Republic
Feb. 13, 2003
NORTHEAST PHOENIX - The principal of one of two failing schools in the Paradise
Valley Unified School District resigned Wednesday to take a position in another
Elyse Minzer, principal at Palomino Elementary, will leave at the end of the
school year to become principal at a new school in Deer Valley.
Palomino's staff was in shock after Minzer's announcement at an emergency
meeting. "Her personality is what made a lot of us choose to come to Palomino,"
said Stephanie Stasik, a sixth-grade teacher. "A lot of us had other options,
but we chose Palomino because of her."
Palomino has had a roller coaster year, Minzer said. The same week school was to
start the district changed requirements for a dual language program. Teachers
were left with a few days to come up with new lessons and class material. Then
in October the school was labeled as "underperforming" by the state's new system
to assess schools. Underperforming schools have not shown enough progress on
"Work at Palomino is almost 24-7," Minzer said. "And my family was taking the
toll . . . but I love being the principal at Palomino."
Staff credit Minzer for coming in three years ago and increasing morale,
establishing a vision to increase student performance and establishing ties in
"Elyse had the knowledge and curriculum base to get us get organized and on
track," said Ginny Kalish, a recipient of Arizona's Teacher of the Year Award.
The district will begin to search for a new principal Monday.