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Grant wizard expands role as schools' newly named business-services chief


July 15, 2006

It may be one of the Kyrene School District's most unsung sources of income, the result of efforts by one of its most unsung administrators.

Since starting as the district's federal-grants chief nearly five years ago, Karin Crider has generated nearly $14 million in discretionary revenue for school-related programs, many of which wouldn't exist without it.

Now Crider is assuming an even a larger role in helping the district to confront its fiscal challenges, taking responsibility for  an anticipated $200 million annual budget and the 20 staff members who will help manage it.

Crider was named last week as the district's director of business services, a job she'll hold in addition to her longtime grants-compliance duties.

“It's an exciting opportunity, particularly with a new superintendent and some new strategies that we already know will be in place,” said Crider.

It was her grants experience, coincidentally, that helped Crider win the new job.

Because she worked closely with federal-budget compliance issues—one of the new position's key responsibilities--district officials felt Crider would be an ideal choice.

Although her salary remains unchanged, Crider says there will be plenty of other rewards, including playing a vital role in helping the district to address a financial squeeze that promises to be around for years to come.

She succeeds Donna Cordova in the position.


Photo by David Stone


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