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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, starting in the 2019-2020 school year.

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.

SUSD Superintendent Timeline
Date Activity
9/27/2018 Board to approve Superintendent selection criteria and job posting
No later than 10/5/2018 Begin advertising Superintendent position
10/23/2018 - 10/25/2018 Stakeholder Group Meetings:
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.
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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

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.