• Superintendent Search

    Kyrene Superintendent Search 

    Kyrene’s Superintendent Search has concluded. Kyrene is pleased to announce that Assistant Superintendent Laura Toenjes will serve as the next Superintendent of Kyrene School District. The Kyrene Governing Board voted unanimously to approve Ms. Toenjes’s contract. Her first day as Superintendent will be January 1, 2021.

    Ms. Toenjes brings 26 years of educational experience to the role, serving as a classroom teacher, a principal and a district administrator, as well as holding positions in both county and state education departments. She joined Kyrene in the 2016-17 school year and currently oversees the School Effectiveness department which includes: school supervision, curriculum and assessment, professional development, and federal programs and outreach.

    Ms. Toenjes grew up in Gilbert and attended the University of Arizona. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications, a master’s degree in elementary education, and a dual master’s degree in administration/supervision and curriculum/instruction. She is the proud mother of two boys who have both chosen paths to serve and protect others, her older son as a wildland firefighter and her younger son in the United States Marine Corps. She intends to bring that family spirit of service to her role as Kyrene Superintendent.

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  • Updates

    November 24
    The Kyrene Governing Board voted to approve a contract with Assistant Superintendent Laura Toenjes for the position of Kyrene Superintendent. 

    November 10
    The Kyrene Governing Board has voted to enter into contract negotiations with Assistant Superintendent Laura Toenjes for the position of Kyrene Superintendent. Pending contract negotiations, the Board's next vote in this process will be November 24. 

    October 28
    An internal search has resulted in a single finalist, who will be subject to the full, rigorous selection process. Read the Governing Board's most recent update here: Community Message.

    October 27
    The application window has now closed.

    October 23
    The Superintendent Search Survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide feedback on this important process. View survey results.

    October 22
    This week, Kyrene School District held forums with teachers, education support professionals, and school and District leaders, to gather additional feedback on the skills and characteristics desired in Kyrene's next Superintendent. Thank you to all employees who participated in these forums to represent your respective work groups.

    October 12
    Kyrene School District has launched a stakeholder survey to engage families, staff and community members about the qualities of a superintendent best-suited to serve Kyrene. Thank you for taking the time to provide input on the selection of Kyrene’s next superintendent. 

    October 12
    Kyrene Superintendent Search web page launched today, with information about the search process, the timeline and opportunities for community engagement. Please check this page often for updates. Community Message.

    October 2
    The Kyrene Governing Board issued a community message announcing the impending search for a new Kyrene Superintendent, following Dr. Jan Vesely’s announcement that she will retire at the end of the calendar year. Community Message

  • Timeline

    October 2

    Superintendent search announcement

    October 12

    Stakeholder survey launch

    October 12

    Position posted (internal)

    October 20–21

    Staff feedback forums (virtual)

    October 23

    Survey closes

    October 26

    Application deadline

    October 27–30

    Review of applications, selection of finalists

    November 4–6

    Finalist interviews

    November 10

    Board vote to enter contract negotiations

    November 24

    Board vote to approve contract for new Kyrene Superintendent

    January 4, 2021

    Start date


     *Timeline subject to modification

Last Modified on November 25, 2020