The Peoria Unified Governing Board voted 5-0 to approve Dr. Darwin Stiffler as the district’s new superintendent. The district looks forward to welcoming Dr. Stiffler effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Stiffler is currently the superintendent of Yuma Elementary School District #1.
Dr. Stiffler previously served as Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction as well as Director of Professional Development of Yuma Elementary School District #1. Prior to that, he was the principal at Centennial Middle School as well as Director of Curriculum and an Assistant Principal for Crane Elementary School District #13. Dr. Stiffler was also a university instructor, social studies teacher and counselor. Dr. Stiffler received his Bachelors in Liberal Arts and History from the University of Arizona. He also received a Masters in Multicultural Education as well as a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.
Current Peoria Unified School District superintendent, Dr. Denton Santarelli, announced his plans to retire in January, effective June 30, 2016. Santarelli has served the district for more than 35 years, with the last 10 years as superintendent, as an ongoing advocate for students.
The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.