Newly-elected school board members look forward to Scottsdale Schools future

Two community members have been elected to the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board for a 2019-22 term.

Paradise Valley resident Patty Beckman and Scottsdale resident Jann-Michael Greenburg are the two new elected officials. While they were the only two official candidates on the ballot, former Governing Board member Christine Schild was running as a write-in candidate.

Mr. Greenburg, a newly sworn-in attorney for the state of New York, says this election marks a turning point for SUSD.

Jann-Michael Greenburg

“This election marks a turning point for Scottsdale Unified School District, and I am honored and privileged to be able to serve my community on such an important matter as our public schools,” Mr. Greenburg said.

“The support I received over the past year from family and friends, both old and new, has been overwhelming. I am eager to move beyond the campaigning and I am very much looking to getting to my actual work as a board member and helping our district move forward and proving that our community’s support and trust in me is well-placed.”

Mother of two, Ms. Beckman, says she feels gratitude to the community for believing in her.

“Words cannot adequately express my gratitude to the community for believing in me as a candidate and future board member,” Ms. Beckman said. “This is my first time running for an elected office and it was daunting to say the least.”

Ms. Beckman says this experienced has enriched the lives of her and her family, and highlighted the importance of balancing her role as a wife, mother and employee with that of a public servant.

Patty Backman

“I look forward to many aspects of serving on the school board in Scottsdale,” she said. “For the better part of a year, I have enjoyed meeting with students, parents, teachers, business leaders and community members. The residents of SUSD believe in the value of our district’s public schools. They are also very aware that we have been lacking quality leadership, resulting in an environment of uncertainty, distrust, and falling enrollment. I am most looking forward to helping rebuild the confidence in SUSD through transparency and communication.”

Ms. Beckman says she is certain the new school board will ensure that SUSD will continue to be the best educational choice for families well in to the future.

Ms. Beckman and Mr. Greenburg join Governing Board members Sandy Kravetz and Allyson Beckham, as well as Board President Barbara Perleberg.

SUSD serves over 20,000 students at 29 campuses throughout the city of Scottsdale,Town of Paradise Valley and Phoenix.

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