SUSD appoints Dr. Birdwell as interim superintendent

Dr. Denise Birdwell (submitted photo)

Dr. Denise Birdwell (submitted photo)

The Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board, during a study session, Jan. 11, by a unanimous vote named Dr. A. Denise Birdwell interim Superintendent, contingent on a background check and successful contract negotiation, according to a district press release.

“I am honored to have an opportunity to serve the Scottsdale community, staff and governing board,” stated Dr. Birdwell in the release. “I look forward to working with the outstanding teachers, administrators and staff to continue providing our Scottsdale families an excellent education.  Scottsdale Unified School District has a long tradition in creating engaging learning environments for all learners.  I look forward to supporting this tradition while working together to build on the many successes found throughout the district.”

The SUSD Governing Board will meet Friday to vote on an interim superintendent contract and select a vendor for the superintendent search.

“The Board has full confidence that Dr. Birdwell’s background, talents, and experience will lead our District in a positive direction. We congratulate Dr. Birdwell and look forward to working with her as the Interim Superintendent of Scottsdale Unified School District,” stated Governing Board President Bonnie Sneed in the release. “We believe that Dr. Birdwell’s hire will help us stabilize the district, continue important initiatives, and leave the district in a better position for the next transition phase, which is to hire a new Superintendent. I’d like to thank the Board for their thoughtful, deliberative and collaborative work in getting us to this point.”

The district also wants to thank Dr. Pam Sitton for serving as the acting superintendent of Scottsdale Unified School District and helping navigate the District through this transition, the release stated.

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