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Beaver Creek School District

A Message from Our Superintendent and Principal

January 4, 2024

Principal Allie Wheeler signing contractPrincipal Allie Wheeler and Superintendent Karin Ward shake hands

Hello Beaver Creek ACE of Hearts (Families),

On Wednesday, January 3, 2024, the Beaver Creek School District Governing Board entered into a two-year contract with Mrs. Allie Wheeler as principal/superintendent starting July 1, 2024.

The internal process started on November 13, 2023, when the Governing Board accepted the retirement date of July 30, 2024, from superintendent Karin Ward. Both district staff and board members completed surveys on the characteristics and responsibilities of a new superintendent. On December 11, 2023, the Governing Board unanimously decided to begin an internal search in the district. They posted the position within Beaver Creek School District. On December 20, 2023, the Governing Board met to discuss questions for an interview, the job description, and qualifications and reviewed the one applicant file they received. They offered principal Wheeler the opportunity to interview for the newly combined position of principal/superintendent.

On December 27, the board met with Mrs. Wheeler in executive session for an interview. Out of the executive session, they voted unanimously to enter into contract negotiations. On January 3, 2024, another executive session convened. The board called a discussion and vote outside of the executive session unanimously offering a contract that Mrs. Wheeler accepted and signed.

Mrs. Wheeler started in the district as a paraprofessional in 2010. She taught third, fourth, and fifth grades, along with art and middle school math. She coordinated the 21st Century Grant Program and was a student success coach, planned junior basketball for many years, taught mental health first aid, and became principal of Beaver Creek School in July 2020. She is truly a proud creeker dedicated to rural education providing for all students in the school while listening to and communicating with families, community members, and the Governing Board.

Beaver Creek School District staff are ecstatic with the Governing Board’s decision: Mrs. Allie Wheeler as principal/superintendent starting July 1, 2024!


Karin Ward, SuperintendentMrs. Allie Wheeler, Principal

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Spending Reports

FY 2023

Beaver Creek Schools Spending Report FY 2023

Average Teacher Salaries 

Please note that the budget revisions will reflect the changes.

Average Teacher Salaries (A.R.S §15-903.E)
1. Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2025 (budget year): $50,854
2. Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2024 (prior year): $52,009
3. Increase in average teacher salary from the prior year: ($1,155)
4. Percentage increase: -2%
FY24 teacher average was based on 13 teachers, with 3 open positions that were not filled. For FY25, the teacher average is based on 16 teachers, one of which is a first year teacher.

Average Teacher Salaries Table
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