Dr. Kriekard remains at Scottsdale Schools through 2020 school year

Scottsdale Unified School District Acting Superintendent Dr. John Kriekard. (Independent Newsmedia/Arianna Grainey)

Dr. John Kriekard has been approved by the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board to remain superintendent through the 2019-20 school year.

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Governing Board voted unanimously to approve the contract terms discussed in their private meetings earlier that day with Acting Superintendent Dr. Kriekard for the position of superintendent for the 2019-20 school year.

“I am very pleased that Dr. Kriekard will be Scottsdale Unified School District’s superintendent for the 2019-20 school year,” Governing Board President Patty Beckman said in a statement to the Independent.

“Dr. Kriekard brings extensive experience along with a much-needed sense of calm and stability. With his exceptional leadership, I am confident SUSD will continue to focus on its core purpose of ensuring all individual learners reach their full potential as well as provide the community with a world class educational choice.”

At an earlier meeting on Feb. 7, the Governing Board had a brief discussion regarding its superintendent search, ultimately deciding to take no action.

On Dec. 20, a previous iteration of the Governing Board said the superintendent search did not meet its expectations and wanted to offer a contract extension to Acting Superintendent Dr. John Kriekard, suspending the search.

This decision also allowed the incoming Governing Board to weigh-in on the next steps.

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At the meeting, both new board members — Jann-Michael Greenburg and Board President Patty Beckman — agreed with the assessment of the previous board.

Before their regularly scheduled business meeting on Feb. 12, the Governing Board had a 3 p.m. private meeting to discuss and consider Dr. Kriekard for the position of superintendent. The executive session meeting concluded around 5:30 p.m., and the Governing Board voted to re-enter their private meeting for a second time around 7 p.m. before ultimately voting on Dr. Kriekard’s contract.

Both meetings were held at Coronado High School, 7501 E. Virginia Ave. in Scottsdale.

Dr. Kriekard was hired as SUSD’s acting superintendent on May 14. His first employment contract was for 123 days — or through Sept. 13. Then, in August 2018, the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board decided to abandon an interim superintendent search, and extend Dr. Kriekard’s contract through June 30, 2019.

Additionally, the Governing Board at that time voted to enter into discussions with McPherson & Jacobson LLC for a permanent superintendent search. The permanent search is said to not have met the board’s expectations, according to a December 2018 discussion.

Mr. Kriekard did not respond to a request for comment from the Independent and a public records request seeking his employment contract has yet to be filled as of Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Northeast Valley News Editor Melissa Rosequist can be e-mailed at mrosequist@newszap.com or can be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/mrosequist_.

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