NAMPA — The Nampa School District board of trustees named Thomas Michaelson its interim superintendent Thursday.

Michaelson brings to the district 34 years of education experience, including 29 as a superintendent or chief executive officer of California school districts. His contract will run from Nov. 28 through June 2013. The details of Michaelson’s contract will be released today.

“I’m excited about working together,” Michaelson said to the board. “The road might not be as pleasant as expected, but there is optimism.”

Michaelson said three of the districts he worked for in the past 10 years “have been in a situation of financial crisis.” A statement from the district said Michaelson moved three separate districts through financial hardships and developed “collaborative relationships with teachers and strong partnerships with community groups.”

Most recently, Michaelson was the superintendent of King City Public Schools in California, which enroll about 4,500 students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

He retired and relocated to Nampa in 2010 to be closer to family.

Michaelson said he has not received details and specifics of the district’s financial woes, but said that will happen in the next few days. He and the board convened to executive session immediately following the appointment to begin the acclimation process.

“Each district is unique and the problems are unique,” he said. “So there needs to be time for analysis and (to) put together a plan for execution to put that process in place.”

Michaelson expressed appreciation to district employees and community members who continue to work and support the district through the financial difficulties.

“I am pleased to link arms with a group of people that have a concerted effort to help our kids and our community to become stronger,” he said. “We’re really proud (of the employees). They’ve stayed the task of getting quality education to our kids.”

Michaelson could not specifically address budget details or claims against the district regarding misuses of funds, but said at this time, he does not suspect any kind of misappropriation of funds. He will spend the next few days specifically learning the details of the district’s budget.


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