Recall petitions fail for Scottsdale Unified School District board pro-mask members

By Kenneth Wong | FOX 10

Recall petitions for four members of the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board have failed, according to the Maricopa County School Superintendent’s office.

On the website of the County School Superintendent’s office, recall petitions for Patty Beckman, Jann-Michael Greenburg, Julie Cieniawski, and Libby Hart-Wells were listed under “failed applications for recall petition.” All four petitions had a signature filing deadline of 5 p.m. on Dec. 18.

We first reported on the efforts to recall the four Scottsdale Unified School District board members in August. The four members targeted all voted in favor of reinstating a mask mandate for the district.

All but one of the recalls were filed by Patricia Lee Pellett of Scottsdale, according to publicly-accessible records on the County School Superintendent’s website, with the recall for Beckman filed by Nicole Curtis, also of Scottsdale.

The recall petition for Beckman accuses the member of putting “the physical and mental health of students at risk” by voting for the mask mandate, as well as “violating parents’ rights.” Meanwhile, the recall petitions for Greenburg, Cieniawski, and Hart-Wells all accuse the respective board members of “disregard for the SUSD parents, teachers, staff, and especially the students.”


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