The current situation in the Scottsdale Unified School District is unacceptable.
Academic achievement has fallen dramatically across the district. Parents continue to vote with their feet, choosing other schools for their students. For the first time since the inception of the school grading system, Scottsdale is poised to receive an “F.”
How did this happen? Instead of hiring the right people, jobs were exchanged for favors. Programs and funds were mismanaged and misused. Our students’ education suffered as a result.
Why did this happen?
The school board hired caretaker superintendents that cared more about building new schools with our tax dollars than what happened inside the classroom.
Who is responsible? The current board majority approved every proposal and failed to hold anyone accountable. Fortunately, there will be a new board majority in January. Two current board members and two incoming candidates have pledged to turn the ship around by demanding accountability from every district employee.
Unfortunately, the outgoing board majority wants to torpedo this ship one last time by re-initiating a superintendent search process that cannot be finished by Dec. 31. If the majority votes to re-initiate the search, they will saddle the new Board with a hiring dilemma before their first meeting.
The outgoing board should refrain from acting on board member Hartmann’s request to begin a new search on their way out the door.
They should let the new board make that decision.