Richard: meddling with current SUSD top administration may be problematic

At the last Scottsdale school board meeting Christine Marsh and Rony Assali asked the outgoing board to re-initiate the search for a permanent superintendent.

Edmond Richard

Edmond Richard

Not only is this idea destructive, it shows these individuals lack understanding and vision. The board cannot possibly complete the search before the end of the year. Two of its members will not have to work with this person, so why should they make any decisions about the superintendent at this late date?

Marsh and Assali alluded to vague promises made by the outgoing board to conduct a national search.

They spoke about the process as if Scottsdale actually has a consistent one that yields good results. Prior boards used local and national search firms to hire such gems as former superintendents Barbara Erwin and Gary Catalani.

The district’s last superintendent, David Peterson, was promoted without a search.

The board had a chance to conduct a search in February but chose to postpone it instead. Now the current majority wants to disrupt any progress the district could make over the next six months by instituting an ill-timed search the community does not support. Why? Is it because Interim Superintendent Denise Birdwell wants to hold our employees accountable for the first time in 15 years?

The District has enough problems without taking on another one. Enough is enough. Marsh and Assali should back off. Let the new Board decide after its members take office in January.

Editor’s note: Mr. Richard is a resident of Scottsdale

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