The Tempe Union High School District may have a new superintendent-elect by Thursday night.
The board is set to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at district headquarters, 500 W. Guadalupe Road, Tempe, after interviewing the two leading candidates for the job.
The board originally had planned to make a decision after those interviews but last week decided to wait a day.
“After the interviews, we will all go home and sleep on it,” board President DeeAnne McClenahan said.
Although McClenahan last month allowed for the possibility that the board would not agree on either candidate, no one at last week’s board meeting mentioned that as a possibility.
The board has indicated a reluctance to engage in a broader search for someone to replace Superintendent Kenneth Baca, who has announced his retirement effective next June 30.
Board members expressed a desire to first interview current staffers and had approached five administrators who have state superintendent certificates. Only Battle and Mendivil expressed interest in the job, McClenahan said.
The board this week was to receive additional material involving both candidates as it moves toward a decision.
The candidates last Friday had to write responses to two questions provided by the board. And the board last week approved a dozen questions for the interviews that will be conducted today.
The questions have not been publicly released.
Also, former district solicitor Dean Pickett interviewed 18 unidentified district staffers about Mendivil and Battle. Pickett was to provide a report on those interviews to the board earlier this week.
That report also has not been publicly disclosed.
“Everybody in the district who was asked for input gave it,” McClenahan said.
Baca gave no reason for his decision to resign, except to say in a letter that it was time for him to leave. He has been the district superintendent for six years.
Mendivil joined the district in 2011 as assistant superintendent for human resources until he attained his current post three years later. He oversees human resources and benefits as well as community relations.
Before coming to Tempe Union, Mendivil was the director of human resources–certified personnel at Mesa Public Schools, in charge of employee issues related to teachers and other certified staffers.
Battle is the former principal of Desert Vista High School and the mother of four children. She has been with the district for more than 20 years, and started as a teacher for six years.
As assistant superintendent for district operations, she oversees transportation, athletics, student affairs and safety and the operation of the district’s physical facilities.
Earlier this year, she was one of three finalists for the job of executive director of the Arizona Interscholastic Association. She is vice president of the AIA board.