Payson Unified School District Superintendent Casey O’Brien has withdrawn his application to head the Roosevelt Elementary School District in Phoenix.
According to O’Brien, the Roosevelt school board postponed its decision four times.
“I decided that enough was enough,” he wrote in a memo to staff. The board was to have chosen among its top three candidates this month.
“To effect change in a district requires a united and committed board,” O’Brien wrote in the memo. “I have the privilege and honor of working in Payson with a governing board that has been exceptionally supportive.”
He added, “Our PUSD board members are very conscientious people who have always treated me with consideration and respect.”
Roosevelt is a 12,000-student district located near South Mountain in Phoenix.
“The unintended consequence of the protracted Roosevelt decision was a disservice to them, PUSD and the community,” O’Brien wrote.
“They deserve better than my complicity in the governing board drama at RSD that, in my estimation, has now eclipsed a rational superintendent selection process.”
He added, “For me, there is no looking back and I am very much looking forward to continue working with such great teachers and staff.”