Mesa Public Schools Governing Board Selects New Superintendent

At the April 14 meeting, the Mesa Public Schools Governing Board voted to enter into contract negotiations with Dr. Andi Fourlis as the next superintendent of schools.

Appointing a superintendent is one of the primary jobs of a Governing Board. The board worked diligently on this process for months and considered community feedback from surveys, stakeholder meetings and focus groups.

"Dr. Fourlis' exemplary work ethic, growth mindset, and unwavering commitment to students, staff and family will serve the district well," says Mrs. Elaine Miner, Governing Board president. "She will build upon the great things happening in our district. We know she will lead with passion, purpose and transparency."

Fourlis currently serves as the deputy superintendent of Mesa Public Schools. Previously, she served as the district's assistant superintendent of teaching & learning. Fourlis started her career in 1992 as a teacher in the Washington Elementary School District in Phoenix. She spent 19 years in the Scottsdale Unified School District, where she served as a teacher, director, executive director and assistant superintendent. She also served as the Chief Learning Officer at the Arizona Science Center. Fourlis has a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a focus on English as a Second Language from Arizona State University, a master's degree from Northern Arizona University and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from ASU. She is a native of Arizona who began her schooling at Lowell Elementary in Mesa.

"I am honored and humbled to be chosen by the Governing Board to lead the greatest public school district in Arizona," Fourlis says. "Mesa Public Schools is a student-centered, future-focused district. We will continue to harness the traditions and successes of the past to lead us into a bright future. I believe in each of us; and I believe in all of us - together."

Pending contract negotiations, Fourlis will assume her duties as superintendent July 1.


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