John Baracy, Superintendent of the Scottsdale Unified School District for the for past 4 years, announced his retirement this week. He brought a vibrancy and collaborative environment to this highly performing school district and will be greatly missed.
My interactions with Dr. “B” were primarily in the area of special education, where he showed his support for the 10% of the Scottsdale students that receive special services. As a parent of an adult child with special needs, Dr. Baracy knew both sides of the story. As a parent, he’d fought the battle for needed educational services for his child, and as an administrator, he knew the realities of providing federally mandated services that were even close to being fully funded at the federal or state level. I appreciate Dr. Baracy’s willingness to listen, to explain, and to forge ahead.
I’m sorry to see him leave. He will be missed.
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