The Governing Board recently voted to enter into contract negotiations with Dr. Jason Reynolds to serve as the Peoria Unified School District’s next superintendent. Pending the result of successful contract negotiations, the Board is expected to officially approve him as superintendent at an upcoming meeting effective July 1, 2020. Appointing a superintendent is one of the primary jobs of a Governing Board. The Peoria Unified Board worked diligently on this process for months and considered feedback from all stakeholders.

“On behalf of the Governing Board, we are so grateful for the level of interest from all the candidates who applied. The engagement from staff, parents and guardians, students and the community in supporting this important decision was incredible,” said Governing Board President, Mrs. Monica Ceja Martinez. “Dr. Reynolds has the integrity, vision and values to lead our district into the future. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Reynolds as he transitions to his new role.”

Dr. Jason Reynolds currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent of Peoria Unified School District. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Reynolds served as Assistant Superintendent of Leadership and Secondary Instruction within the Paradise Valley Unified School District from 2015-2019. Dr. Reynolds started his career in the Paradise Valley Unified School District in 1997, where he has also held positions of Director of Curriculum and Instruction, principal, assistant principal, and teacher. Dr. Reynolds is the President of the Arizona School Administrators Association, Educational Services Division. He has his Bachelor of Arts degree from Central College, Master of Education and Ed.D. both from Northern Arizona University.

As you know, Superintendent Linda Palles-Thompson will retire at the end of this school year after more than 30 years in Peoria Unified and will be so greatly missed.

Peoria Unified School District is nestled in the Northwest Valley of Peoria, Arizona and is home to 42 stellar public schools that are unique and created to fit the needs of all students. Peoria Unified is the choice district for more than 37,000 students and 4,000 staff, serving as one of the largest employers in the West Valley and one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona. The district has signature programs spread out between 34 kindergarten through eighth-grade elementary schools and eight high schools that excel in academics, arts, athletics and Career and Technical Education programs. The Strategic Plan outlines a laser focus on four key areas: Student Success, Safety and Well-Being, Stewardship of Community Resources and Community Connection. Above all, Peoria Unified is committed to transparency, parent involvement and ensuring that “Every Student, Every Day is Prepared to Shape Tomorrow.”