Moving on

Ben Rodriguez addressed the Class of 2019 during the recent graduation. Rodriguez is leaving Benson Unified School District for Buckeye High School.

With summer break barely a couple of weeks old, start of the 2019-20 school year at Benson Unified School District is only eight weeks away.

Surely that’s not what returning students are turning their attention toward. But that’s not the case for members of the school governing board and administration who are looking to fill key vacancies.

The search is on for a new high school principal with the impending departure of Ben Rodriguez who will take on the role he held at BUSD at Buckeye Unified School District.

The exit will bring an end to Rodriguez’s eight-year, accolade-laden tenure at Benson. He acknowledged mixed emotions following the recent graduation ceremony. He described his years at Benson as “amazing” and said he would miss the students, faculty, colleagues, and especially the community, noting he “loved” his time at BUSD.

“It’s bittersweet,” he said. “I thoroughly loved my time in Benson, and I’ll certainly miss everyone and the community. At the same time this is going to be good for my career and family.”

Schools Superintendent Micah Mortensen said Rodriguez’s passion and energy would be missed while he thanked Rodriguez for going beyond and above what is expected of a school principal.

“He’ll definitely be missed,” noted Mortensen.

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