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Mike Aylstock Retires from Sedona Oak Creek School District

SOCUSD accepts Superintendent Mike Aylstock letter of retirement

Sedona AZ (August 31, 2010) – The Governing Board of the Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District has unanimously accepted Superintendent Michael Aylstock’s request to retire from his position effective September 17, 2010. This action was taken at the meeting of the Governing Board on August 30.

Aylstock had been superintendent of the school district since July 1, 2008, and ends a nineteen-year tenure as a school district superintendent in Arizona, and a thirty four year career in public education. In his letter to the Governing Board, Aylstock stated the negative aspects of the Superintendency have grown to the point that his wellbeing has been adversely affected. He thanked the Board for tremendous support during his time in Sedona, as well as complimented the district’s staff as “incredibly dedicated and motivated.”

In reflecting on his career Aylstock noted, “Many will speculate why I am leaving, but it is very simple. It is just time for the next chapter in my life and do it at a time when things in the district are going well considering the economics of the state and country. I have had an incredible career. The Governing Board, school staffs, students, and community have been wonderful to work with and have been so supportive of this district and the area’s youth.”

sedona oak creek unified school district logoGoverning board president Bobbie Surber stated, “With a sad heart the district Governing Board approved Superintendent Aylstock’s request to be released from his contract. As a Board we honor his requests for leaving and greatly appreciate his oversight of the operations of the district, the construction projects, and assisting us through very difficult budgeting times. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

During the August 30 meeting, the Governing Board also voted unanimously to approve a contract for Dr. Nancy Alexander to serve as the interim superintendent until a permanent replacement can be recruited and hired. Mr. Aylstock and Dr. Alexander have worked closely together over the past three years and plan a seamless transition during the change in leadership.

“It was important for me to get the school year and fiscal year off to a strong start which has happened,” commented Aylstock. “With Nancy agreeing to take over the district, everyone can rest assured it is in very good hands.”

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