Scottsdale Unified School District superintendent abruptly resigns

Scottsdale Unified School District Superintendent Dr. David Peterson has announced his resignation effective Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. The announcement came from Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board President Bonnie Sneed in the late afternoon Friday, Dec. 11.

David Peterson

David Peterson

No reason was given for Dr. Peterson’s resignation and no additional information was provided to the Scottsdale Independent newspaper early Friday evening. The information was first reported by the Respect our Scottsdale Students Fan Page at Facebook.

“The Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board would like to recognize the enormous contribution that Dr. Peterson has made to our district, our children, our teachers and staff, to the community as a whole and also to public education across the state of the Arizona and the nation,” Ms. Sneed said in the Dec. 11 statement.

“Very few superintendents have the vast array of knowledge and abilities that Dr. Peterson possess. His influence extends from serving on international boards to being consulted by governors, lawmakers, and policy makers regarding education issues.”

President Sneed, in her statement, also commended Dr. Peterson’s earlier work focused on building both high schools and middle schools withing the district.

“His job has been 24 hours a days, seven days a week and 12 months per year and he has met each day and challenge with enthusiasm and an eye to problem solving,” she said. “Each day was able to balance very divergent interests with a collaborative, creative, positive approach to solutions.”

Ms. Sneed says a search for a new superintendent will begin in the new year.

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