Last Friday the Camp Verde School Board received a new board member.
Yavapai County Superintendent Paul Street appointed John Bassous, who has been a Camp Verde resident for 11 years. Bassous will be filling the seat of Charlie German, who stepped down from the board last month due to illness.
Street said he interviewed all nine applicants and all had strengths to bring to the board. Bassous, however, had a "total package."
"John has spent many years volunteering in the community and with the schools," said Street. "He is a business man, former school principal and teacher and is familiar with the community. He understands the issues in Camp Verde."
Bassous was a principal and administrator for Sedona Christian School from 1986 until 1991. He now runs a business, Tierra Verde Investments, which works with residential and commercial development.
"Right now I need to be a good student and a leader," said Bassous. "I'm trying to educate myself on what's going on so I can know the issues a little more intelligently. I like to understand issues before I speak so I'm spending a lot of time these next few weeks on campus to get a better handle on what's going on. I value input from the community, administration and students."
Bassous was immediately thrown into the mix when he attended the May school board meeting Monday night.
"For the most part, I was able to participate in the meeting intelligently, but there were a couple of items I didn't have all the information on to dialogue intelligently," he said. "It was good to hear from the public, teachers and all of the board members."
Street also noted that Bassous is a "community-minded guy," and shows a demonstrated interest in the community through volunteering and working with his two elementary-aged children.
Bassous has been involved with activities such as Little League coaching, tutoring special-needs students and involvement in concerts and programs.
"I try to spend time in classrooms as much as possible," said Bassous. "I like to have lunch at school with the children."
Street noted that after years interviewing people, he has learned to trust his instinct when hiring.
"Camp Verde was fortunate that they had nine people willing to serve on the board. I think John is going to do really well."