Scottsdale Unified School District Names New Superintendent

Published: Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 5:24pm
Updated: Monday, February 24, 2020 - 8:42am
Washtenaw ISD
Dr. Scott Menzel.

The Scottsdale Unified School District governing board voted Saturday to select Dr. Scott Menzel to fill the district’s top position. The outgoing superintendent, Dr. John Kriekard, will leave when his contract expires in June.

Menzel comes from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he served as superintendent of an intermediate school district.

The governing board initially had 29 applicants for the position. After narrowing it down to three, they unanimously approved Menzel.

The search committee included residents of the district, students, staff, faculty, and administrators.

“In our search for a new superintendent — one who will continue to move the district forward and prepare our students for success in the 21st century — we strived to create an inclusive process. We convened five committees with community members, students, educators, administrators and District staff to ensure their voices were heard,” SUSD Governing Board President Allyson Beckham said in a press release. “We’re grateful to Dr. Kriekard for leading our district through a turbulent time and supporting an inclusive search process for his successor.”

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