Action to be taken on Peoria Unified superintendent at future meeting

By Philip Haldiman, Independent Newsmedia

Peoria Unified School District Superintendent Darwin Stiffler is still the leader of Arizona’s fourth largest district.

However, Monday night the governing board voted to discuss or consider his employment/separation at a later date, as well as a possible interim superintendent.

Spokeswoman Danielle Airey said that “separation” indicates a mutual parting. She said the issue will likely be discussed at the district’s next regular govering board meeting, Dec. 7.

There have been complaints about the school board becoming politicized and fears of rolling back technology on personalized learning, but no one issue points to the separation of Mr. Stiffler from the district.

Additionally, he has been the subject of at least four executive sessions since Oct. 16, and with the public having no concrete reasons for his possible separation, rumors have swirled over what might come of Mr. Stiffler, who is in his second year as leader of the district.

In Arizona, municipalities and school boards are allowed to discuss certain items away from the limelight of the public arena. These closed-door meetings are known as executive sessions.

Mr. Stiffler has been using his discretionary time off for more than a week and has commented very little on his employment.

The school board has also said very little regarding any reasons for a possible separation of the superintendent from the district, citing that information discussed in executive sessions cannot be made public.


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