Finalists Selected for Casa Grande Elementary School District Superintendency
Published on Mar 27, 2017 11:01

Following a lengthy search that was initiated in November, 2016, the Casa Grande Elementary School District Governing Board has announced the names of two finalists who are under consideration for the position of superintendent.  The new superintendent is expected to assume the duties of the position no later than July 1.

The two finalists selected by the Governing Board are:

  • Dr. Suzan DePrez, who currently serves as an Assistant Superintendent for the Mesa Public Schools, and
  • Dr. JoEtta Gonzales, who is an Area Superintendent for the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada.

From December to January, the Governing Board sought input from the community and the staff, via an online survey, about the qualities desired in the next superintendent.  Well over 300 individuals responded to the survey.  The Governing Board members reviewed all responses to the survey at a study session on January 12.  Using the survey results, the Governing Board members formulated interview questions, so as to ensure that the interests and concerns of staff and community members were addressed with each candidate who was invited to interview for the position.

Applicant screening and interviews took place during the month of March, and a second round of interviews will take place on April 5.  At a community forum scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on April 5, the public will have the opportunity to hear finalists answer questions prepared by the Governing Board, to speak informally with the candidates, and to provide written feedback on the candidates.  The Governing Board will meet to make its decision following this forum. 

Retiring superintendent Frank Davidson noted that, “The Governing Board members have taken this responsibility very seriously.  The search process has yielded two very capable finalists, and our Board and staff will be of great help to the new superintendent through this transition.”

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