COVE — The Cove School Board removed the word “interim” from the title of Superintendent Earl Pettit Tuesday night.

The board named Pettit as the school district’s permanent superintendent. Pettit has served as interim
superintendent of the Cove School District since
July 18, 2017.

“I’m excited,” Pettit said. “I intend to do all I can to keep this school district moving in a positive direction. All the pieces are in place to do great things.”

Pettit was one of 10 people who applied for the position and one of four finalists.

Pettit and the school board agreed to a three-year contract, which starts July 1 and will pay him $102,000 each year. The educator’s current interim contract expires June 30.

“He’s a proven leader,” said Steve McLean, chair of the Cove School Board.

Board member Janelle Dunlap added that Pettit is an excellent communicator.

Pettit is succeeding Bruce Neil, who stepped down as superintendent last June after serving as the Cove School District’s
superintendent for five years.

Pettit came to Cove from the Monument School District in Grant County, where he was superintendent for seven years. Pettit served as superintendent of the Douglas and White River school districts in Arizona a total of eight years prior to coming to Monument.

Pettit served in the U.S. Army for 13 years before beginning his career as an educator in 1996. He has a master’s degree in education from Eastern Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Eastern New Mexico University.

See complete story in Wednesday's Observer