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Scottsdale Unified School District, Arizona

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Scottsdale Unified School District
Phoenix, Arizona
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. David J. Peterson
Graduation rate:88.6%[1]
Number of schools:31
Budget: $142.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Bonnie Sneed
Board members:5 at-large
Term length:4 years
Scottsdale Unified School District is a school district in Arizona. In the 2011-2012 school year, Scottsdale Unified School District was the ninth-largest school district in Arizona and served 25,762 students.[2]

About the district

Scottsdale Unified School District is located in Maricopa County, Arizona.

Scottsdale Unified School District is located in central Arizona in Maricopa County. Phoenix is the county seat and the state capital. In 2013, Maricopa County was home to 4,009,412 residents according to United States Census Bureau estimates.[3]


Maricopa County slightly overperformed compared to the rest of Arizona in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.5 percent of Maricopa County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.6 percent in Arizona. The median household income for the county was $54,385 compared to $50,256 statewide. The poverty rate in Maricopa County was 15.8 percent compared to 17.2 percent statewide.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Maricopa County (%) Arizona (%)
White 84.7 84.0
Black or African American 5.7 4.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.7 5.3
Asian 4.0 3.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.3
Two or More Races 2.7 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 30.0 30.3

Presidential Voting Pattern, Maricopa County[4][5]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 602,288 749,885
2008 602,166 746,448
2004 504,849 679,455
2000 386,683 479,967

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[6][7]


The superintendent of Scottsdale Unified School District is Dr. David J. Peterson. He was originally appointed interim superintendent on July 1, 2011. He began working in the district as the Chief of Facilities Management for Learners in July 2005.[8]

Peterson graduated from the US Naval Academy. He also earned a J.D. from the Concord School of Law and a Certificate of Negotiation and Mediation from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the California State Bar. He also holds an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University, a Certificate of Business Management from Central Arizona College, a Certificate of Public Schools Planning and Design from Harvard University and Civil Engineering and Hazardous Materials Waste Management Certificates from Arizona State University. Prior to working in the Scottsdale district, Peterson was the Director of Operations for Mesa Public Schools.[8]

During his time with the district, Peterson advocated for the passage of the Maintenance and Operations Override Renewal in 2006, a renewal of the Capital Override in 2007, a renewal of the K-3 Override in 2009, Prop 100 and the 2010 Bond Project.[8]


The table below displays the budget for Scottsdale Unified School District:[9]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $128,572,198 86.9% $8,029,536 5.4% $11,194,731 7.6% $0 0% $133,680 0.1% $147,930,145
2014-2015 $122,941,361 86% $7,630,230 5.3% $12,235,850 8.6% $0 0% $121,920 0.1% $142,929,361
Averages: $125,756,779.5 86% $7,829,883 5% $11,715,290.5 8% $0 0% $127,800 0% $145,429,753

Contact information

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Scottsdale Unified School District
3811 N. 44th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85018-5420
Phone: 480-484-6100

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