Bidding for a second term with the Scottsdale Unified School District’s governing board was too hard to pass up for Dr. Eric Meyer.
“There is still work to be done,” said Meyer, who also is campaigning for a seat in the state Legislature in this election.
Meyer said with the search under way to find a replacement for outgoing Superintendent John Baracy, having stability and experience among the board members is critical to the district’s success in a time of change.
Meyer, 47, who resides in Paradise Valley with his wife and two children, said he wants to see a number of goals he and his colleagues have set during his four-year tenure come to fruition.
If elected, Meyer said hiring a new superintendent will be critical.
He said his other key goals include preserving the quality of education that students are receiving in these tight budgetary times and making sure academic achievement continues to progress, seeing all 33 schools in the district excel. Currently, some 22 Scottsdale schools have earned “excelling status,” which is the state’s highest school performance ranking.
“Four years ago when I ran, the district was in a different spot — the budget was not balanced and academic achievement was languishing. I ran to change that. Our governing board, Dr. Baracy and the district administrators did,” he said.
Meyer, whose undergraduate degree is in economics, said in the past four years, he and the board helped create revenue generators, such as expanded after-school and summer-school programs and food catering to charter and private schools via the district’s food services department.
Meyer is among three candidates endorsed by the Scottsdale Education Association, a teachers union with more than 1,000 members.
He said he doesn’t foresee any difficulties handling responsibilities for the school board and a state House seat in legislative District 11 if he is elected to both positions.
“There are a multitude of legislators who do both these jobs and another,” Meyer said. “I will be able to step up to the task.”
Meyer said his greatest strength is his ability to work with others.
“I’ve listened to the community and made changes that have benefited all kids in our district. The ultimate goal is doing the right thing for our children and giving them the best education possible. I want to continue to serve,” he said.