McCarthy Building Companies names David Peterson VP of operations, education services

Phoenix-based McCarthy Building Companies Inc. has named Dr. David Peterson vice president of operations for education services at the company’s Southwest division.

David Peterson

David Peterson

The education services team focuses on construction and renovation projects for K-12 schools and community colleges primarily in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado, according to a press release. The “Respect Our Scottsdale Students” community Facebook Fan Page first reported the new hire Thursday, Jan. 28.

In this position, Dr. Peterson will oversee all of the education team’s operations and supervise project directors who work directly with the owners, design teams and subcontractors on school projects. He will also direct the group’s strategic planning and new market growth, business development initiatives and client relations.

Dr. Peterson has more than 28 years of experience in the construction and facilities industry, the release stated, including 21 years in the educational arena working for school districts.

Most recently, he served as superintendent of Scottsdale Unified School District. During his tenure with the district, he also supervised $350 million in school renovation projects and helped lead the passage of school construction bond and override initiatives, stated the release.

This new hire comes on the heels of Dr. Peterson’s abrupt resignation last month from Scottsdale Schools. An action he claims after nearly two years of bullying, intimidation, harassment and even extortion by two members of the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board.

In a document coined a “Chronology of Events,” Dr. Peterson , takes specific aim at the actions of two Governing Board members: Pam Kirby and Barbara Perleberg.
Superintendent Peterson abruptly announced his resignation Friday, Dec. 11, after only about one year into a three-year contract renewal.

In the report, Dr. Peterson claims that over the last 24 months Ms. Kirby and Ms. Perleberg cultivated a bullying culture that included “intimidation and extortion,” which ultimately forced him to resign —and even contemplate legal action against the district.

Both board members deny the allegations and claim they always acted in the best interest of the district. The internal investigation is still ongoing.
McCarthy Constructions has in the past worked on a number of projects for the Scottsdale Unified School District, including:

  • •2007: $50 million in new construction and renovations work in two phases of Chaparral High School campus. Phase one included the construction of a multi-use gym, auditorium additions and a central plant. Phase two included construction of a new main classroom structure and administration buildings, according to McCarthy’s website.
  • •2011: $14.8 million project for a new K-8 campus rebuild that was to include a new, two-story classroom building and full-size multipurpose building for the Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center, according to McCarthy’s website.
  • •2013: McCarthy Building Companies partnered with SUSD to host a free career education club for fifth- and sixth-grade students at Tonalea Elementary School, according to AZBigMedia.

Dr. Peterson also worked as director of operations and director of construction for Mesa Public Schools over a 10-year period.

“With David’s direct experience working for two of the largest public school districts in the state, he brings a wealth of knowledge to our Education Services team,” stated Bo Calbert, president of McCarthy Building Companies’ Southwest Division, in the release.

“His impressive credentials and community involvement speak volumes, and we look forward to him fostering our existing client relations and forging new ones.”

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