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Kathy Cox elected School Board President

Leading is nothing new for Kathy Cox. A lifelong educator and administrator, she’s manned the helm in classrooms and entire schools.

Now she is leading the governing board of the Lake Havasu Unified School District.

On Tuesday afternoon, the district had a swearing-in ceremony for governing board members Lisa Roman, Archana Aliyar and Nichole Cohen. They were elected to office this past November.

Following the swearing-in ceremony, Cox was elected president by fellow board members at the annual organizational meeting. Roman nominated her, which was seconded by Aliyar. When it came to a vote, Cox, Roman and Aliyar voted yes. Cohen voted no and board member John Masden abstained. Masden was board president in 2018.

He was unable to hold that position. Cohen initially made a motion for Masden to be reelected, but it was not seconded. Cox was subsequently elected to the post.

While a school board president doesn’t have any more power that the other board members, Cox will have a constellation of responsibilities. She has the authority to run the monthly work sessions and board meetings. Cox will also consult with the superintendent on the development of the meeting agendas.

She and the other board members are not paid.

Meet Kathy Cox

Kathy Cox came to Lake Havasu City in 1975. In 1978, she signed on as a third grade teacher at Starline Elementary. Drawing on her experience as a college instructor, she also taught English at Mohave Community College.

The next few years found Cox involved in a variety of instructional roles.

“I ran the gifted program for fifth and sixth graders for eight years and I was a coach for teachers,” she said. “I was principal at Oro Grande for eight years and principal at the high school for seven years.”

Then Cox retired — but only in a report-to-work-each-day way. She may have slipped off the school district’s payroll, but her involvement with the district took on a different tone when she was elected to a four-year term on the governing board. Her term ends December 2020.

Soft-spoken and petite, Cox’s diminutive demeanor could fool even the most perceptive person. A few minutes into the conversation, it is clear that she has a fire in her belly for quality education, students and teachers.

“Things are popping right now in the district. I’m excited to be a part of it,” she said of her new role as board president.

Cox also mentioned her support of curriculum review meetings that are ongoing at each school in the district this month. The first was on Wednesday at Oro Grande. Thursday’s session was at Jamaica.

“There’s so much we could be teaching. I’m excited that we are taking this bull by the horns to make education of our kids so much better. I want to see us do a few things and do them really, really well. I want to be a part of making this happen, to improve the curriculum,” she said.

Another goal for the coming year concerns teachers.

“The most important job in this climate is to attract good teachers and then getting them to stay,” Cox said. “This is a good time to be in this district. We have good leadership that is helping teachers become better teachers.”

She praised district Superintendent Diana Asseier’s leadership. Asseier returned the favor, expressing high expectations of Cox’s new role as president of the governing board.

“Each of our board presidents so far have been open to all the perspectives on our board. I’m sure she will continue that tradition,” Asseier said.



by Pam Ashley, Today's News-Herald
Jan 24, 2019

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