SUSD considers extending Dr. Kriekard’s contract as national superintendent search fizzles out

Dr. John Kriekard, on left, talking with Executive Admin Coordinator Sondra Como. (Independent Newsmedia/Arianna Grainey)

Scottsdale Unified School District’s Acting Superintendent Dr. John Kriekard will remain on-board as district leader for the time being, officials say.

On Thursday, Dec. 20, the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board met in executive session for several hours before announcing they planned to extend Dr. Kriekard’s temporary contract.

Dr. Kriekard was hired as acting superintendent last spring, and a national search for a permanent superintendent unfolded in recent months. The Governing Board was expected to select finalists for the position prior to the new year.

“The superintendent search did not meet our expectations,” Governing Board President Barbara Perleberg said.  “We are fortunate to have an acting superintendent in Dr. Kriekard providing stability to this district.”

Ms. Perleberg says the Governing Board met with Dr. Kriekard during its meeting, and discussed possible extension of his contract.

“He has expressed interest and this board is grateful and supportive of Dr. Kriekard continuing in the role,” Ms. Perlberg said.

“To honor our commitment and allow the new Governing Board to finalize this decision, no action will be taken today.”

The Governing Board’s Dec. 20 agenda included possibly offering Dr. Kriekard the position of superintendent, as well as discussion and consideration of applications for superintendent resulting from the district’s national search that’s been unfolding this fall.

Hired consultants to run the superintendent search was Nebraska-based McPherson and Jacobson. Their cost for services was $36,900, Independent records show.

Governing Board new-comers, Patty Beckman and Jann-Michael Greenburg will replace Pam Kirby and Kim Hartmann in January.

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