Busy Week for SUSD’s New Governing Board

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Jan. 7, 2021) – Third-year member Jann-Michael Greenburg and newcomer Julie Cieniawski were unanimously elected President and Vice President, respectively, of the newly constituted Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Governing Board at its first meeting on Jan. 5.

“I want to thank my colleagues for their support, and I look forward to working with Dr. Menzel, our staff and our Board to make our District the best in the nation,” says Greenburg, a 2012 graduate of SUSD’s Arcadia High School. He is in year three of the four-year term to which he was elected in 2018.

Cieniawski, a former teacher at Desert Canyon Middle School, believes the 2021 Governing Board is uniquely skilled to lead SUSD. “I feel we are privileged to continue our work as advocates for our District public schools and will place the health, well-being and success of our students and staff as a top priority.”

Along with returning member Patty Beckman, Dr. Libby Hart-Wells and Zach Lindsay, elected with Cieniawski in November, round out the five-member Governing Board. The Board reorganizes itself and elects officers at its first meeting each year.

The Board will meet again today at 5 p.m. to review and possibly modify the current plan of phasing in the in-person instruction of District students during the next two-and-a-half weeks. Pre-K, elementary (K-5) and self-contained Special Education program students returned to school campuses earlier this week. Middle school students are set to return on Monday, Jan. 11 on the same, modified school-day schedule they were on last semester. High school students are scheduled to do the same on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The meeting can be viewed live or after-the-fact on the District’s YouTube channel.

The Board will also consider extending now-expired, paid sick-leave benefits for employees on pandemic-related leaves of absence. Governing Board members will also be briefed by District legal counsel in executive session about possibly requiring SUSD staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The new Governing Board will close out the week on Saturday, Jan. 9 when it convenes for a ‘team- building’ session. SUSD Superintendent Dr. Scott Menzel says the exercise is intended to help Board members get to know each other and their perspectives better, as well as to understand the role and responsibilities of the board and superintendent. “I am looking forward to the facilitated conversation with the Governing Board as we work to build a high-performance leadership team.”   

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