PUSD’s Denton Santarelli receives Arizona Superintendent of the Year award

18 Dec

Congratulations to Denton Santarelli, the staff of Peoria Unified School District, and the students who worked hard to make this achievement!

PUSD’s Denton Santarelli receives Arizona Superintendent of the Year award

Peoria Unified School District Superintendent Denton Santarelli has been named All Arizona Superintendent of the Year for large districts by the Arizona School Administrators (ASA) Association.

The award was presented at the Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA) Conference 11:30 a.m. Dec. 13 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort.

“With more than 31 years in public education, you will find no greater champion for students, parents or staff than Dr. Santarelli,” said Peoria Unified Governing Board President Hal Borhauer. “The district’s more than 36,000 students and nearly 4,000 employees are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Santarelli’s leadership and vision in shaping the future of education in the Northwest Valley. We are honored that his leadership and vision have been recognized by other professionals in Arizona.”

To further propel student preparedness for college and careers, Santarelli is spearheading the district’s efforts on the United States Department of Education’s Race to the Top District Competition, of which Peoria Unified was recently named a finalist. Under his leadership, Peoria Unified has been labeled an “A” District by the Arizona Department of Education, has a 93 percent high school graduation rate and was the first district in the state to receive international AdvancED Accreditation.

Arizona School Administrators Inc. is a non-profit corporation organized to promote the best interests of education in the state of Arizona. ASA works to advance the roles of administrative leaders by providing training and support services for its membership. The organization attracts talented individuals to the field and disseminates research related to current education issues. Its membership serves as a voice in the legislature, in their communities, and in other organizations promoting educational improvements that benefit students and schools.

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