Three candidates advance in Peoria Unified superintendent search
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Three candidates advance in Peoria Unified superintendent search

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  • Danielle Airey/Peoria Unified School District

Finalists For Peoria Unified School District's Superintendent Position Are Dr. Warren Shillingburg, Left, Dr. Darwin Stiffler, Center, And Dr. Heather Cruz, Right.

Peoria Unified School District’s Governing Board advanced three candidates in the superintendent selection process.

The candidate names and current titles are listed below:

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Finalists for Peoria Unified School District’s superintendent position are Dr. Warren Shillingburg, left, Dr. Darwin Stiffler, center, and Dr. Heather Cruz, right.

Dr. Heather Cruz
Deputy Superintendent
Peoria Unified School District

Dr. Warren Shillingburg
Program Specialist for Highly Effective Teachers and Leaders
Arizona Department of Education

Dr. Darwin Stiffler
Yuma Elementary School District #1

The three candidates are invited to a second interview with the Governing Board, as well as an interview with district stakeholders.

Additionally, all three will attend a Community Forum, which is open to the public, at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 4 at Centennial High School.

You will be able to live stream the forum from Peoria Unified’s website or by clicking here.

The Governing Board may choose to enter into contract negotiations with a finalist and hopes to make a selection at a Governing Board meeting in April. The new superintendent will begin duties on July 1.

The district has contracted with the Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA) to conduct the superintendent search.

Peoria Unified, located in the Northwest Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 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

For more information, please contact Danielle Airey, Public Relations,  at or 623-486-6040.