Clovis Unified stays in-house for interim leader

Clovis Unified School District trustees went back to the financial side Wednesday night by naming Steve Ward as its interim superintendent.

Ward has been the district's associate superintendent of administrative services.

He will be assisted by former Superintendent Terry Bradley, who will serve as a consultant.

Bradley was the district's financial leader before being named superintendent in 2002. He retired in 2009 and was replaced by David Cash, who abruptly retired last week.

Ward said he will not seek the superintendent's post when the search begins for a permanent replacement later this year.

"I am extremely humbled as I think of the people who served in this capacity," he said. Financial issues loom large in the district going into the next budget year, which begins July 1. He said he will work to keep quality programs in place for students.

Bradley spent 33 years in the district, 26 as its chief business official. Bradley now runs his own company, School Business Consulting.

Board President Ginny Hovsepian said the board selected Ward because of his knowledge of finance and the budget issues the district will face in the coming months.

Ward's disinterest in seeking the permanent appointment will "provide a fair opportunity for anyone interested in pursuing the position when the candidate search begins," Hovsepian said.

The board also announced the appointment of Mike Vogt as athletic director at Buchanan High School. He will remain as the school's head football coach.

In March, Chris Hansen announced he would step down as athletic director at the end of the school year, citing family and other personal reasons.