Spokane Public Schools superintendent a finalist for Scottsdale job

Spokane Public Schools superintendent Shelley Redinger
Credit: Spokane Public Schools

SPOKANE, Wash. – The superintendent of Spokane Public Schools is a final candidate for an open superintendent position in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dr. Shelley Redinger is one of three finalists being considered to become Scottsdale Unified School District’s new superintendent.

Redinger has been with SPS since 2012. She’s held other superintendent positions in Virginia and Oregon, and taught at elementary schools across Washington and South Carolina.

According to the Scottsdale Progress, SUSD’s board has been searching for someone to take over the role since 2018, when the former superintendent was fired. The newspaper cited Redinger’s experience handling budget constraints as one of the key reasons she is being considered for the role.

Redinger has been at the helm as SPS navigates a $31 million budget gap. The district was forced to issue layoffs and make cuts when the Washington State Supreme Court signed off on the “McClearly Fix,” which called for the state to take over education funding, leaving the district without local levy money.

Redinger released the following statement to 4 NEws Now:

“My husband has been eager to continue his mechanical engineering career and, with the district doing well and my son finishing up high school next year, the next couple of years are a good window for us to explore other opportunities. While I am not eager to leave SPS or the Spokane community, I believe the district has great momentum and will continue to achieve great things if I do move on.

The Board has been kept in the loop relative to my plans. As my situation evolves, I will continue to keep them informed.”

According to a release from the SUSD, Redinger will be interviewed by the board and five community committees on February 21. No timeline has been announced for the board to make an offer to the chosen finalist.

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