On October 12, 2015 at the regular meeting of the Chino Valley Unified School District Governing Board Superintendent Duane Howard announced his retirement from the District and public education effective the end of the school year, June 30, 2016. Mr. Howard is retiring after 39 years in education with his last 4 years serving as the District’s superintendent. Mr. Howard has served in Arizona public schools as a coach, teacher, principal, and superintendent. Prior to coming to Chino Valley, Mr. Howard served in San Manuel, Miami, Parker, Morenci, and finally Chino Valley School Districts. When asked about his term at Chino Valley Schools, Mr. Howard stated that he is most proud of the increased gains in student performance and the improvement in the standing of Chino Valley Schools among Arizona schools. Mr. Howard also appreciates the hard work, dedication, and professionalism of the Districts’ professional and support staff during the current difficult times for public education in Arizona.
The Governing Board, after accepting Superintendent Howard’s resignation, voted to open the selection process for a new superintendent to all qualified existing CVUSD staff. The Governing Board will consult with the Arizona School Boards Association on the selection process for the new superintendent. It is expected that the selection process will begin January 2016 with a new superintendent expected to be on board July 1, 2016 for the beginning of the next school year.