Message from the Superintendent
Happy New Year!
As we begin 2017, this is the perfect time to thank our teachers, staff, and parents for their tremendous support and work on behalf of our students. This is also a great time to reflect on our successes and to look forward to an extraordinary new year.
We have had many successes this school year. Among the many, we learned this fall that DVUSD student performance on AzMERIT is at or above most of our comparable districts and significantly higher than the Maricopa County and Arizona state average. That is a fantastic start to a new accountability system! We have you to thank for this.
After many years of having to make undesirable cuts to the budget, now is the time the Governing Board and administrators can address creating viable options to increase salaries and more equitably compensate all district employees. We look forward to working as a team to accomplish this important task. Our budget and our ability to continue to improve salary and benefits could be further changed after May, when voters will have an opportunity to endorse a funding agreement that would provide additional revenue to every school district across the state.
We will continue to keep you updated on the budget plans. We hope to have the first iteration of a budget by mid-February, and we will send out updates as we have them.
I wish you and your loved ones an extraordinary New Year!
Dr. James R. Veitenheimer Bio
Work History: Dr. Veitenheimer is the current Superintendent of the Deer Valley Unified School District, joining the District in July, 2012. Prior to joining Deer Valley, Dr. Veitenheimer served as the Superintendent in the Keller Independent School District from 2004 to 2012, Canyon Independent School District from 1999-04, and Area Superintendent in Austin Independent School District from 1996-99.
Education: Dr. Veitenheimer received his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, and both a master’s and doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
Achievements: Dr. Veitenheimer led the implementation of Malcolm Baldrige Continuous Improvement processes across all organizational functions in the Keller Independent School District. He was named State Technology Superintendent of the Year in 2010 and was instrumental in leading the district as one of 23 Texas school districts recognized for two years with a 5-Star rating from the state Comptroller’s Financial Allocation Study of Texas, as one of Texas’ most efficient and effective school districts (top 2%).
Family: Dr. Veitenheimer is married to his wonderful wife, Denise, and has one grown daughter, Allison.