Earlier this school year, Superintendent, Mrs. Linda Palles Thompson announced her intent to retire on June 30, 2020. The Peoria Unified Governing Board has contracted with McPherson & Jacobson, LLC, a third-party search firm, to conduct a search to fill this vacancy.
Upon completion of the search process, the Governing Board voted unanimously in a public meeting on December 16 to enter into contract negotiations with Dr. Jason Reynolds to serve as the 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.”
Meet the new Peoria Unified School District Superintendent
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.