George Jackson abandons re-election campaign for Scottsdale school board

SUSD Governing Board Sign

Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board member George Jackson has abandoned his quest for re-election this November.

George Jackson

George Jackson

Mr. Jackson confirmed to the Scottsdale Independent Tuesday, Aug. 30 he will be dropping his re-election campaign, citing both time constraints and potential conflicts of interest.

“This is in no way a negative thing. I have loved my time serving on the board and I love the school district,” he said in an Aug. 30 phone interview. “It is just the time and it has become a bit more difficult due to the kind of work that I am in — an investment firm.”

Mr. Jackson is in his fourth year serving on the SUSD governing board.

“Honestly, it just has gotten really difficult to juggle my work and the time demands of board service,” he said. “Professionally, there were some conflicts with my school board service that was difficult to work out with my employers.”

Mr. Jackson is the second candidate to depart from the race. Mary Roaf withdrew Aug. 24, according to the Maricopa County Education Service Academy.

Now there will be three candidates for three seats on the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board at the Nov. 8 general election. Members Pam Kirby and Kim Hartmann’s terms end at the end of 2018.

The candidates now running for the school board are incumbent Barbara Perleberg, and newcomers Allyson Beckham and Sandy Kravetz.

SUSD includes 30 schools serving about 24,500 students, according to the district’s website. More than 3,000 people are employed by the district, including about 1,550 teachers.

The district’s boundaries include most, but not all of, the city of Scottsdale, Town of Paradise Valley and sections of the cities of Phoenix and Tempe.

Additionally, Scottsdale Schools voters will also be deciding upon a $229 million bond initiative and an $8.5 million capital override at the November general election.

Northeast Valley Managing Editor Terrance Thornton can be contacted at tthornton@newszap.com

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