Jann-Michael Greenburg and Julie Cieniawski will be at the helm of the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board for the 2021-22 calendar year.
At the first meeting of each new calendar year, the Governing Board reorganizes and elects officers. Third-year member Jann-Michael Greenburg and newcomer Julie Cieniawski were unanimously elected president and vice president, respectively, at the inaugural board meeting on Jan. 5.
A 2012 graduate of SUSD’s Arcadia High School, Mr. Greenburg is serving his third year of a four-year term he was elected for in 2018.
“I want to thank my colleagues for their support, and I look forward to working with Dr. Menzel, our staff and our board to make our district the best in the nation,” said Mr. Greenburg.
“I feel we are privileged to continue our work as advocates for our district public schools and will place the health, well-being and success of our students and staff as a top priority,” said Ms. Cieniawski, a former Desert Canyon Middle School former teacher who looks forward to leading alongside the reconstituted SUSD Governing Board.
Returning member Patty Beckman; Dr. Libby Hart-Wells and Zach Lindsay, both elected with Ms. Cieniawski in November; along with Mr. Greenburg make up the five-member Governing Board.
Ms. Beckman was approved by the board to serve as the Self-Insurance Trust Board Trustee for 2020–21 while Ms. Cieniawski was chosen as a delegate to the Arizona School Boards Association Delegate Assembly and Dr. Hart-Wells was selected as the alternate.
Ms. Beckman — who has served as both board president and vice president during her term — welcomed the new board members.
“Welcome to 2021. While we are still encountering significant challenges, I know we are optimistic about that this year will bring us a calmer and more consistent environment in which our teachers feel safe and valued and our students can thrive and grow,” Ms. Beckman said. “And, welcome to our three new board members. Board members Cieniawski, Lindsay and Dr. Hart-Wells, thank you for taking on a significant role in shaping our children’s futures. I hope you find it as rewarding as I have and I look forward to serving with all of you.”
She noted that she wanted to see more defined or concrete duties and an active role for board vice president participation other than that of likely assuming the duties of board president during an absence or simply advancing to the head position.
“I am looking forward to the facilitated conversation with the Governing Board as we work to build a high-performance leadership team,” SUSD Superintendent Dr. Scott Menzel said.
He gave highlights of what to expect during the retreat on Saturday, Jan. 9 at a “team- building” session. Dr. Menzel described an exercise intended to help board members get to know each other and their perspectives better, as well as understand the roles and responsibilities of the board and superintendent.