Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Joe Mulcaire to the Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education (VACTE) Governing Board, representing the Mingus Union High School District, effective January 1, 2023. The term ends on December 31, 2024 and Mr. Mulcaire will need to run for election in the 2024 election cycle to continue beyond that date.
         The opening was created due to the fact that no one filed for the position during the 2022 election cycle. Superintendent Carter expressed his sincere appreciation for the work that outgoing Board Member Leland Wieweck did over several decades in serving the residents of the Mingus Union High School District through his service on both the Mingus Union Board and the VACTE Board and wishes him the very best in the future.
         The residents of the school district were represented with four (4) extremely well qualified candidates putting their name forward to be considered. Superintendent Carter reviewed the letters of interest and resumes provided by the individual candidates prior to holding hour long interviews individually with candidates the week before Christmas, and then speaking individually with the current Governing Board Members of both VACTE and Mingus Union and their administrations in regard to the merits of each candidate. Mr. Carter also appreciated several members of the community who reached out to provide personal recommendations about the candidates.
          Mr. Mulcaire was raised in the Verde Valley and is a graduate of Mingus Union High School. He is married and the couple are happy to be raising their children in Cottonwood. His letter of interest stated “I am a prime example of an individual that was better suited for the vocational world than college. Vocational programs gave me an avenue to be successful, in creating a multimillion dollar company, while providing a direct service to our community, without the need of traditional higher education. It was in taking VACTE courses that I had the knowledge and skills to start my first business. I strongly believe there is no better way to positively make an impact than by getting involved in an organization that support developing hirable and productive individuals in a competitive workforce.” Superintendent Carter said that after the process concluded, “it was clear that Mr. Mulcaire was indeed a prime example for parents, young people, and the taxpayer of why Career and Technology Education Districts (CTEDs) like VACTE are so critical to the vitality of communities, the work force, and the overall regional economy. He should do well in working with the other VACTE Board Members and Superintendent Bob Weir for the betterment of the district”. If you have any questions, please call Mr. Mulcaire at 928-202-1734 or Mr. Carter at 928-925-6560.