Scottsdale Unified School District, Arizona
|Scottsdale Unified School District|
|Superintendent:||Dr. David J. Peterson|
|Number of schools:||31|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Bonnie Sneed|
|Board members:||5 at-large|
|Term length:||4 years|
About the district
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The table below displays the budget for Scottsdale Unified School District:
|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|
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- Maricopa County, Arizona
- Arizona Department of Education
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- Arizona Department of Education, "Graduation Rates," accessed November 14, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed June 17, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Maricopa County, Arizona, Quick Facts," accessed August 18, 2014
- Maricopa County Recorder, "Maricopa County Election Results Archives," accessed August 18, 2014
- Arizona Secretary of State, "Official Canvas of Votes for 2000 General Election," November 27, 2000
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
- Scottsdale Unified School District, "Dr. David J. Peterson Biography," accessed November 14, 2014
- Scottsdale Unified School District, "2014-2015 Budget," accessed December 16, 2014