Four candidates have been selected to interview for the job of superintendent of the Kyrene School District, succeeding Dr. David Schauer, who departed the post unexpectedly three months ahead of his planned June 30 retirement.
According to an announcement from the district Governing Board, the candidates include:
Dr. M. Susan DePrez, Assistant Superintendent, Mesa Public Schools;
Dr. Lori Shough, Assistant Superintendent, Maricopa County Education Service Agency, Phoenix;
Dr. Darwin Stiffler, Superintendent, Yuma Elementary School District; and
Dr. Jeanette Vesely, Deputy/Assistant Superintendent, Sunnyside Unified School District, Tucson.
Dr. Mark Knight, currently the district’s assistant superintendent, will serve in an interim capacity until a final selection is made.
Interviews are scheduled the week of March 28. Groups and individuals will have an opportunity to meet the final candidates and submit input to the board about each of them.
Kyrene Elementary School District Governing Board retained the services of McPherson & Jacobson L.L.C. to assist in conducting its search.
According to the board’s statement, the consultants reviewed, screened and conducted extensive background checks on 31 applicants. On March 1, the consultants presented the applicants to the Governing Board and provided detailed background information on each applicant.
The board selected eight candidates as semi-finalists, each of whom submitted a video answering three questions for the Board to review. Based on those taped interviews, the Board chose four applicants for a final round of interviews.
After the district’s top position has been filled, according to the board’s statement, the consultants will hold a board/superintendent workshop to help set performance objectives for the new district chief.
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