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SUSD names new superintendent nearly two years after firing former leader for financial scandal

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Posted at 6:46 PM, Feb 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-23 00:18:38-05

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — The Scottsdale Unified School District has named a new superintendent nearly two years after the district’s governing board voted to fire their former leader.

Doctor Scott Menzel officially got the job during a special board meeting Saturday night.

Menzel is currently superintendent of a district in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

His appointment ends a long and tumultuous search process that started in early 2018 when the district paid former superintendent Denise Birdwell $150,000 to end her contract a year early.

Birdwell was accused of violating conflict of interest rules and mis-spending district money.

Doctor John Kriekard stepped in back in May of 2018 to help fill the gap. His contract expires June 30.