The Joint Technical Education District/Mountain Institute Governing Board recommended the hiring of current JTED Program Director Jeramy Plumb to take over as superintendent July 1 when Dr. Ray Polvani retires. The board will officially approve the contract at its Jan. 24 meeting.
The board met in executive session Monday evening to interview Plumb, the sole internal candidate. Board members had the option of extending the search nationwide if they felt the need for additional candidates. Polvani has served since 2009 as superintendent of Mountain Institute, which encompasses seven school districts in Yavapai County - Ash Fork, Bagdad, Chino Valley, Humboldt, Mayer, Prescott and Seligman.
Plumb has served as program director for MI since it opened in July 2009. He has an extensive background in CTE education, including agriculture education teacher at Casa Grande Union High School and CTE director/agriculture education teacher at Chino Valley High School.
He received an Arizona School Board Association Golden Bell Award for Outstanding 9-12 Grade Educational Program. He also contributed to the development of the award-winning 52-acre Cooper Agriculture Center in Chino Valley, and helped generate more than $5 million in grants for CTE education.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education and a Master of Science in Agriculture Education from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Education in Education Leadership from Northern Arizona University. More recently, he earned a Superintendent Certification through the University of Phoenix.
Plumb resides in Paulden with his wife, Shawna, and three children.
The next meeting of the JTED board takes place at 6 p.m. at the Mountain Institute JTED offices, 2970 Centerpointe East Drive, off Highway 89A, Prescott. Call 928-771-0791 for more information.