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Peoria Unified board votes on district leadership change

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  • Danielle Airey/Peoria Unified School District

The Peoria Unified Governing Board today voted 3-2 to appoint a temporary superintendent designee, Mr. Steve Savoy, current Chief Instructional Officer. Mr. Savoy will have the authority to sign official district documents and act as superintendent until the board can select an interim superintendent.

Peoria Unified board votes on district leadership change Steve-Savoy

Steve Savoy

This action comes as the Board voted to approve a separation agreement with current superintendent, Dr. Darwin Stiffler, effective Dec. 7, 2017. Dr. Stiffler had a one-year contract that expired June 30, 2018. Discussions regarding Dr. Stiffler’s contract and his evaluation were held in previous Governing Board Executive Sessions pursuant to A.R.S. Section 38-431.03.A.1-4.

The Governing Board is expected to discuss the process for appointing a new superintendent in the near future in a public meeting.

Peoria Unified, located in the Northwest Valley, serves more than 36,000 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 94 percent high school graduation rate. It is one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. The Vision of the Peoria Unified School District is “Every student, every day, prepared to shape tomorrow.” For more information, visit the district’s website at