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Team makes recommendation for vacant Peoria board seat


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  • Danielle Airey/Peoria Unified School District

Through a process prescribed by Maricopa County Education Service Agency’s (MCESA), Peoria Unified School District’s Collaboration Team has made their recommendation to fill the district’s vacant Board seat.  The Collaboration Team recommends James Kistner as the first nominee, Joan Evans as the first alternate nominee and William Bercu as the second alternate nominee.

The Collaboration Team consisted of the Peoria Unified School District Governing Board President, Superintendent, a Certified Teachers Association representative and a Peoria Education Association representative. The team was tasked with reviewing applications from the six individuals interested in filling the vacancy on the district’s Governing Board.

Using a consensus-making process, the Collaboration Team recommended the three nominees to Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Donald Covey, who will make the final Governing Board appointment.

The three nominees will attend a Nominee Seminar on Saturday, March 29 at the Maricopa County Education Service Agency. Dr. Covey is expected to make the appointment within five business days following the seminar.

The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 36,000 students in 32 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school and was the first district in the state to receive the prestigious AdvancED Accreditation. With ongoing open enrollment and unique educational opportunities, the district boasts a 94 percent high school graduation rate.

Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high AIMS test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.peoriaud.k12.az.us