Huleatt resigns; City, district strategize on finding replacement

ARLINGTON A plan to replace Cindy Huleatt as promotions coordinator for the Byrnes Performing Arts Center at Arlington High School has not been developed yet, according to Mayor Margaret Larson.

"Allen [Johnson] and I met with Kris [McDuffy] last Friday to discuss it, but we don't have a plan yet," Larson said. "Kris is very busy getting started in her new position." Kris McDuffy was sworn in July 14 as superintendent of Arlington School District. (See story at left.)

In preparation for the opening of the new community resource in June 2007, the city partnered with the school district and hired the promotions manager while the school district hired a theater manager to operate the technical aspects of the PAC.

Huleatt submitted a letter of resignation July 7, citing the number of hours and amount of commitment required by the position as her reasons for stepping down.

Arlington's city administrator, Allen Johnson said Huleatt will be involved in examining the structure of the job to help the city determine how it might change in the future.

"We're not just going to run out and fill the position," Johnson said.

"We will take the opportunity to step back and look at everything."

He said Huleatt's experience will be an asset in making these decisions.

"We have to figure out what we need and want to do next," he said.

Johnson declined to speculate on what those changes might be until assessments are made. He acknowledged the need to move forward while recognizing the value of the PAC to Arlington as a whole.

"Everyone is in agreement that the Performing Arts Center is a wonderful thing for the community," Johnson said. "Cindy was hired to handle its promotional side, while another person took care of the technical side. We're going to see if that structure still works, as we do every time there's a job opening."

Huleatt likewise emphasized that her resignation should not be considered a "farewell," either to the community or to the PAC.

"It continues to be a huge passion of mine," Huleatt said.

"I'll still be giving time to it, just in different ways. I've lived and breathed this job for a year. It's been a great year of lessons learned, and I want to make sure we continue that success."

Huleatt was a persistent leader in the effort to raise $4.5 to finish the PAC, which took five years after the opening of the new high school.

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