At its first meeting of the new year, the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Governing Board conducted its annual reorganization, electing Allyson Beckham as its 2020 President. Beckham served as the Board’s Vice President in 2019.

Patty Beckman, who served as President last year, was elected Board Vice President at the Jan. 7 meeting. Both votes were unanimous.

Now in her fourth year on the SUSD Governing Board, Beckham says that in her new role as President, she has outlined three short-term goals that she believes reflect the Board’s vision for the District. They start with supporting Superintendent John Kriekard’s efforts to complete Board-established, quarterly priorities before his June 30 retirement.

“Second, I will continue to work for effective communication with the Governing Board. Third, I will continue to advocate for collaboration and listening to all voices of our community: students, parents, teachers, administrators and our community at large.”

President Beckham added, “My hope is that the Governing Board will support innovation and active participation to improve students’ experiences and academic achievement in the year ahead.”

Vice President Beckman says she looks forward to adding to the District’s “tremendous positive progress” of last year. “I am fully committed to serving the SUSD community in any role so we may continue our efforts of ensuring each student reaches their academic potential.”

Returning members Jann-Michael Greenburg, Sandy Kravetz and Barbara Perleberg round out the five-member board that oversees SUSD’s 29 K-12 schools.