A divided school board on Thursday night named Tempe Union Associate Superintendent Kevin J. Mendivil the next superintendent of the high school district, effective next July 1.
The board voted 3-2 to hire Mendivil, with board President DeeAnne McClenahan and first-year board member Berdetta Hodge voting against his hiring and favoring Assistant Superintendent Anna Battle.
Neither Battle nor Mendivil were at the Sept. 14 board meeting and could not be reached for comment. Also absent because he was attending another meeting was Superintendent Kenneth Baca, who two months ago submitted his resignation, effective June 30.
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. Prior to that he worked in the Gilbert Public Schools district.
Battle is the former principal of Desert Vista High School and the mother of four children. She has been with the district for 32 years, and started as a teacher for six years.
As assistant superintendent for district operations, she oversees transportation, athletics, student affairs and safety and…
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