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"The board recognizes that selecting a superintendent is one of the most important decisions it will make.”

Since Superintendent Linda Palles Thompson has announced she will retire at the end of this school year, the Peoria Unified School District Governing Board has begun a search  to replace her.

The board has contracted with McPherson & Jacobson, LLC, a third-party search firm, to conduct a search to fill this vacancy.  

Those who are interested can apply through Nov. 7, at macnjake.tedk12.com/hire.

The job description at that site states that “the candidate must have the background, skills, and abilities essential for excellence in educational leadership. The board recognizes that selecting a superintendent is one of the most important decisions it will make.”

Requirements are listed as:

•  Sound financial and business experience.

•  District-level administrator experience.

•  Building-level administrator experience.

•  Proven record of improving student achievement and success.

•  Teaching, curriculum and instruction experience.

•  Current superintendent certificate.

Preferred attributes are also listed:

•  Demonstrates a high degree of character in choices and actions.

•  Embodies characteristics of a highly-effective leader that builds a strong organizational culture.

•  Makes data-driven choices to positively impact the district.

•  Awareness of local, state and national political climate.

•  Doctorate degree.

The Board expects to review and select finalists by the beginning of December. Interviews will be conducted and a selection may take place prior to the start of 2020. 

The new superintendent is expected to begin July 1, 2020. A more detailed timeline will soon be available, including how community feedback will be integrated into the process.

Peoria Unified School District is home to 42 stellar public schools. Peoria Unified has more than 37,000 students and 4,000 staff, serving as one of the largest employers in the West Valley and one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona.