Scottsdale school board hires superintendent

Dr. Denise Birdwell shows excitement after being named as the permanent superintendent. (photo by Josh Martinez)

The Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board approved a superintendent contract with Dr. Denise Birdwell at its Dec. 13 meeting.

The contract runs through June 30, 2019, according to a press release.

“The Governing Board officially welcomes Dr. Birdwell to the Scottsdale family,” said Governing Board President Bonnie Sneed, in the release. “Her leadership as interim superintendent over the last 11 months was instrumental in the passage of our bond and capital override campaign. She is student-focused, and we look forward to working with her on important initiatives, including school rebuilds, increased academic achievement and financial accountability.”

The Scottsdale Unified School District operates 30 schools, with about 24,000 students, according to the district website.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to continue to serve the Scottsdale community, staff and Governing Board,” said Dr. Birdwell in the release. “Scottsdale has a strong legacy of dedicated teachers in excelling schools supporting all learners. I look foward to building on that foundation as we work with stakeholders to help shape the future of Scottsdale schools.”

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