[Update: At 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, members of the public are invited to meet and assess one finalist for the position of superintendent at Apache Junction Unified School District. Dr. Krista Anderson will respond to questions submitted by community members at a forum held at the AJHS Performing Arts Center. Attendees will be asked to provide written comments afterward for consideration by the AJUSD Governing Board. Dr. Anderson is currently executive director of Special Education in Scottsdale. Three candidates were selected as finalists from a total of 34 applicants; however, due to unforeseeable personal circumstances, two finalists withdrew from the interview process. The board convened in an emergency session on Friday, March 31, and opted to proceed as planned with the one remaining finalist. “The board is confident each of the three finalists would have been capable of providing strong leadership for the success of the children in our community. It is unfortunate that two of our finalists could not, for their own reasons, move forward,” board president Jodi Ehrlich said in a press release. “We have no doubt that Dr. Anderson is a strong educator and a knowledgeable administrator. Now we need to decide if she is the right fit for our community. We look forward to continuing the process with Dr. Anderson. We will conduct an extensive second interview on Tuesday, April 4, and we look forward to hearing the input from parents, community and staff after the forum on Wednesday, April 5,” Ms. Ehrlich said.]
On Wednesday, March 22, the Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board met in special session to review 34 applications for the position of AJUSD school superintendent. Of those, seven candidates were invited to interview in person March 28 and 29, according to a press release.
Finalists Dr. Krista Anderson, Dr. Tammy Ridgeway and Dr. JoEtta Gonzales have been invited to meet the public in a candidate forum scheduled for Wednesday, April 5. It starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Apache Junction High School AJHS Performing Arts Center, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive.
Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions for candidates’ responses and provide written comments afterward for consideration by the AJUSD Governing Board as they make their final decision. Candidates will be available to meet and greet community members after the event.
The AJUSD Governing Board intends to announce the final selection for the new superintendent by April 11.
Governing Board President Jodi Ehrlich, Vice-President Dena Kimble and members Mike Weaver, Christa Rizzi and Cami Garcia assembled at 7:30 a.m. on March 22 and worked until 5:30 p.m. reviewing applications and consulting with district attorneys, according to the release.
In January the district solicited public input on candidate issues and priorities to help guide the selection process. More than 800 responses were received and a summary of answers and comments was compiled and distributed to board members to help guide them in the selection process. The report was also made available to the public.