Paul Kulpinski Resigns FUSD Governing Board Seat for Partnership Director of LAUNCH Flagstaff

| October 26, 2016

By the Flagstaff Unified School District

Paul Kulpinski. Photo courtesy Arizona Daily Sun.

Paul Kulpinski. Photo courtesy Arizona Daily Sun.

FLAGSTAFF — Flagstaff Unified School District Governing Board Member, Paul Kulpinski resigned his board seat to become the first Partnership Director of LAUNCH Flagstaff.

Along with his letter of resignation, he also filed a voluntary statement of withdraw as a candidate for re-election in the November 8th General Election.

 “While FUSD serves the vast majority of students in our community, LAUNCH Flagstaff is a community-wide initiative where every educational organization has a seat at the table,” said Kulpinski.  “It’s important that I resign my seat on the FUSD Board in order to ensure a high level of impartiality with all of our educational partners.”

 His resignation will become effective October 31, 2016.

 Kulpinski was first elected in March, 2002 and has consistently served on the Governing Board through some difficult times for the district, including school closures and boundary realignments in 2010.

Through his service to the district, Kulpinski has built relationships with key stakeholders in the community and across the state which has helped elevate the influence FUSD has on state-wide issues related to K-12 education.

“I have great fondness and gratitude for all of the board members I have served with over the past twelve years and am proud of the accomplishments we achieved for the benefit of all students in the district,” Kulpinski said.  “I have the highest admiration for the professionals in FUSD who every day are making a difference in the lives of our children.”

FUSD Superintendent of Schools Dave Dirksen, who has worked alongside Kulpinski for nine years, states that for him this is a bittersweet moment.  “As a twelve-year member of the FUSD Governing Board, Paul has been the steady rock.  He is a courageous leader who has been charged with many difficult decisions, but in every instance his decisions were made in the best interests of teaching and learning.  Paul has always served as a champion of children and families and he will continue to do so in his new role as Partnership Director of LAUNCH Flagstaff.  While Paul will be greatly missed on the FUSD Governing Board, he will now have a far greater reach in our community in support of a world class education for all.”

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LAUNCH Flagstaff Announces New Partnership Director

“Paul Kulpinksi has accepted the position of Partnership Director for LAUNCH Flagstaff,” Steve Peru, president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Northern Arizona, reported in a media release.

Paul was chosen from a pool of highly qualified candidates and will begin his new role on November 1st.  In taking this position, Paul will be resigning his position on the FUSD Governing board,” Peru said. “Paul brings extensive knowledge of the opportunities and challenges facing our education system from his many years on the school board. The interview committee for the position included the LAUNCH Flagstaff Leadership team along with representatives from the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff and the Wharton Foundation, who have both provided financial support for this important community initiative.

“On behalf of LAUNCH Flagstaff and United Way of Northern Arizona, we want to welcome Paul.  We look forward to endless possibilities in ‘launching’ LAUNCH Flagstaff!”

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