BULLHEAD CITY — Colorado River Union High School District governing board members on Thursday directed staff to expand the search for someone to manage the fieldhouse now under construction.

Benje Hookstra, the district’s assistant superintendent for instruction, told board members that administrators were not happy with the first search, which he said netted only eight applicants.

Just one of the eight, Hookstra said, approached the level of experience the district is seeking.

Very few, he said, had experience with fieldhouses or event centers.

Hookstra said the CRUHSD initially advertised the position on a website it uses to look for administrators and teachers.

“We have to expand,” the search, he said.

The board chose to form a committee to work on a job description for a manager, with the hope of having the panel seated by late next week.

Advertising will be directed toward sites “someone looking for this kind of job would look,” in the words of board member Lori Crampton.

Board members also expressed a desire to have the position filled by September.

“September 1 is aggressive,” board member Donna Williamson said. “But I think we need to be as aggressive as we can.”

Board members discussed sports expertise and venue management and sales and marketing skills as important for the fieldhouse manager. They said that support staff could have skills that augment those of the person chosen.

Board members envisioned one or two of their number serving on the committee, which also would include a district administrator, a casino executive, one or more community members and representatives of local chambers of commerce.

If the latest push doesn’t present the ideal candidate, board members seemed to favor hiring a consultant to assist in the search.

The board is expected to discuss the progress that has been made in two weeks.

The discussion took place after a three-hour closed-door executive session on an agenda item titled “discussion and possible action to discuss superintendent and governing board communications and give direction to the superintendent.”

The agenda also mentioned that the board might get legal advice from its legal counsel. 

No action was taken in the executive session.

Supt. Riley Frei was not at Thursday’s meeting. His absence had been expected.

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