MARICOPA — Superintendent Steve Chestnut has been named a finalist to become the head of a large district in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
The Maricopa Unified School District leader sent an email to district staff Tuesday informing them that he was one of two finalists to become superintendent at Deer Valley Unified School District. The interview is scheduled for May 5 and 6.
“I want you to know that I did not apply for this position due to being unhappy in my current job. My wife and I greatly enjoy living in Maricopa,” Chestnut said in the email, which was forwarded to PinalCentral by his executive administrative assistant, Michelle Garcia. “This is an exciting time for MUSD with the passage of the override as we add 50 additional certified staff for 2017-18 and provide additional instructional technology to our students. However, I have had a long term professional goal of being a superintendent in a large school district. I will keep you informed about this situation in the days ahead.”
DVUSD, which is located in the northwest Valley, contains 15 K-6 schools, 13 K-8 schools, three middle schools and five high schools. They are replacing James Veitenheimer, who announces his retirement in January.
The other finalist for the position is Curis Finch, who is currently the superintended of Mecosta Osceola ISD in Big Rapids, Michigan. There will be a candidate reception open to the public at 5:15 p.m. on May 5 at the DVUSD governing board office.
On Tuesday, MUSD amended its agenda for Wednesday’s governing board meeting to allow the board to enter executive session to discuss the superintendent’s contract, and other related issues.
Chestnut has been MUSD's superintendent since 2012. His contract was renewed in June and lasts until June 2018.