Scottsdale Unified School District Superintendent Search

  • In April 2018, the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board undertook a process intended to lead to the hiring of a permanent Superintendent to lead the District. On August 14, 2018, the Governing Board voted to retain Acting Superintendent Dr. John Kriekard in that position until June 30, 2019, or until a permanent Superintendent is hired. On December 20, 2018, the Governing Board took no action, turning over the task of finding SUSD's next Superintendent to the 2019 Governing Board. The 2019 Board continued working with executive search firm McPherson & Jacobson, providing the criteria in November 2019 that they wanted to see in SUSD’s next superintendent. In January 2020, the 29 applicants were narrowed down to three finalists and the interview process was outlined. At the conclusion of a series of two Executive Sessions on February 21 and 22, the SUSD Governing Board announced that Dr. Scott Menzel was chosen as SUSD’s next Superintendent. Board Vice President Patty Beckman and Board member Jann-Michael Greenburg were chosen to negotiate the employment agreements terms with Dr. Menzel. On Monday, March 16, 2020, the Board held a Special Meeting and Executive Session in regards to the employment contract. Dr. Menzel will begin his tenure with SUSD on July 1, 2020.

     

SUSD Superintendent Timeline

  • 09/27/2018

    Board to approve Superintendent selection criteria and job posting

    No later than 10/05/2018

    Begin advertising Superintendent position

    10/23/2018 - 10/25/2018

    Stakeholder Group Meetings:

    ·        Tuesday, October 23 — Arcadia High School Auditorium

    ·        Tuesday, October 23 — Cocopah Middle School Cafetorium

    ·        Wednesday, October 24 — Coronado High School Auditorium

    ·        Thursday, October 25 — Mountainside Middle School Auditorium

    ·        Thursday, October 25 — Saguaro High School Auditorium


    All meetings are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Community Forum Flyer

     

    11/8/2018

    Summary of Stakeholder Group Meetings to Governing Board; will also be posted publicly

    11/16/2018

    Compensation Report to Governing Board; will also be posted on websites

    11/19/2018

    Governing Board Meeting to receive oral report on Stakeholder Group Meetings, select applicant interview questions, determine interview procedures and decide on Superintendent compensation package

    11/27/2018

    Closing date for Superintendent applications

    12/20/2018

    Governing Board Meeting to meet with Stakeholder Group chairs, review Superintendent applications, select finalists, review interview questions, finalize candidates' January 2019 daily and District interview schedules

Survey

  • The search for our next Superintendent is now underway. Share your thoughts on what qualities you feel are important in our next leader by filling out this survey.
    ​​​​​​​[The survey has concluded.]
    The current Governing Board will use that guidance to help narrow down the list of suitably qualified applicants for the incoming Board to consider in January 2019.

Updates

  • March 16, 2020: The Governing Board held a Special Meeting / Executive session at 5 p.m. to discuss and consider the terms of employment of Dr. Scott A. Menzel for Superintendent.

    March 16, 2020 Special Meeting/Executive Session Notice/Agenda, Video

    February 22, 2020: News Release - Dr. Scott Menzel Selected as Scottsdale Superintendent: The SUSD Governing Board voted unanimously to select Dr. Scott Menzel as the District’s next leader. Menzel comes from Ann Arbor, Michigan where he served as Superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District.

    February 22, 2020 Special Meeting/Executive Session Notice/Agenda, Video 1, Video 2

    February 21, 2020: Three Superintendent Finalists Interviewed Round-Robin Style at the Mohave District Annex, 8500 E. Jackrabbit Rd., Scottsdale, by the Governing Board and five committees representing key stakeholder groups: teachers, students, parents and community members, district leaders, and staff.

    February 21, 2020 Special Meeting/Executive Session Notice/Agenda, Video 1, Video 2

    January 30, 2020: News Release - Three Finalists in the Running for SUSD Superintendent Post: The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Governing Board today announced the names of three finalists in its search for the District’s 23rd superintendent. They are: 1) Dr. Kimberly Guerin, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, Scottsdale Unified School District, Scottsdale, Ariz.; 2) Dr. Scott Menzel, Superintendent, Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Ann Arbor, Mich.; 3) Dr. Shelley Redinger, Superintendent, Spokane Public Schools, Spokane, Wash.

    The announcement came following a five-hour executive session during which the Board reviewed candidate applications that have submitted during the past two months. SUSD’s current superintendent, Dr. John Kriekard, retires June 30.

    January 30, 2020: A Special Meeting of the Governing Board was held at 1 p.m. The SUSD Governing Board reviewed the work performed to date in the process to hire SUSD’s next superintendent. The process of interviews was discussed and three finalists were named.

    January 30, 2020 Special Meeting Agenda, Video, Minutes

    January 27, 2020: News Release - Collaborative Effort to Be Used to Find SUSD’s Next Superintendent: The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Governing Board meets this week to narrow down the pool of applicants to become Scottsdale’s 23rd superintendent. SUSD’s current superintendent, Dr. John Kriekard, will retire June 30.

    November 5, 2019: A special Meeting of the Governing Board was held at 5 p.m. The SUSD Governing Board provided McPherson & Jacobson with the criteria it wants to see in SUSD’s next superintendent:

    • Data-driven decision making that has produced successful academic outcomes for all children
    • A culture of accountability to all stakeholders of the schools and community
    • A strategic approach to identifying the needs of the district and our students and possess the ability to develop plans that target measurable growth in identified critical areas
    • An understanding of the importance of creating an exceptional educational experience that enables the district to attract and retain students, parents and staff

    November 5, 2019 Special Meeting Agenda, Video, Minutes, Approval of Selection Criteria

    December 20, 2018:  The Governing Board takes no action and leaves the task of finding SUSD's next Superintendent to the new Governing Board that will be seated in January 2019.  Acting Supt. John Kriekard is under contract through June 30, 2019.

    November 27, 2018:  The application window closes today.


    November 19, 2018:   McPherson & Jacobson summarizes for the Governing Board the input gathered from SUSD stakeholders at October learning community meetings and online survey.  Read the report here.

    Board discusses how best to offer community stakeholders the opportunity to meet the Superintendent finalists, choosing public meetings, facilitated by the search firm, during the week of January 22, 2019.  The possibility of live-streaming meetings that do not take place at either the Coronado High School Board Room or at the Mohave District Annex (MDA) will be explored.

    Consultant reports that to-date, 34 applications have been started, it anticipates that 80% of them will be completed and predicts there will be more before next week’s deadline.  
     
    Search firm also submits its report to the Board on superintendent compensation.  Read the report here.  Board discusses salary options; opts for flexibility, based on candidate qualifications.
     
    To view the meeting in its entirety, click here.

    October 24, 2018:  The search for our next Superintendent is now underway. Share your thoughts on what qualities you feel are important in our next leader by filling out this survey:
        English: https://bit.ly/2PUinoH
        Spanish: https://bit.ly/2Pe5ybS
    The current Governing Board will use that guidance to help narrow down the list of suitably qualified applicants for the incoming Board to consider in January 2019.
     

    October 2, 2018:  Superintendent search firm posts SUSD job.

    September 27, 2018:  Special Governing Board approves the selection criteria for Superintendent and job posting for the Superintendent position.

    September 25, 2018:  Governing Board approves a timeline for the Permanent Superintendent Search (see left), target dates for the selection process and advertising venues for the search.

    August 30, 2018:  Governing Board approves contract with McPherson & Jacobson LLC to conduct SUSD's Superintendent Search

    August 14, 2018:  Governing Board votes to retain Acting Superintendent Dr. John Kriekard in that position until June 30, 2018, or until a permanent Superintendent is hired.

    August 14, 2018:  Governing Board reviews committee recommendation and selects McPherson & Jacobson LLC to conduct the search for SUSD's next Superintendent.

    August 13, 2018:  Committee comprised of Interim CFO Jeff Gadd, Purchasing Director Eva Dino and Purchasing Senior Buyer Marty Topham reports to Governing Board that Hazzard, Young Attea & Associates and McPherson & Jacobson LLC meet the district's criteria to conduct the Superintendent Search.

    June 4, 2018:  Four quotes were returned:

    • McPherson & Jacobson LLC - $36,900
    • MDZ HR LLC - $42,500
    • JG Consulting - No bid
    • Hazzard, Young, Attea & Associates - $38,850

    May 29, 2018:  Request For Written Quote (RFQ) No. 18035R was issued to the four firms  that had previously submitted RFQs for the Interim Superintendent Search

    April 12, 2018:  The SUSD Governing Board voted to issue a Request for Quotation (RFQ) to qualified search firms to assist the District in securing a Permanent Superintendent.