The Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) governing board selected Dr. Cort Monroe to serve as superintendent beginning Jan. 1, 2021, and voted to approve Dr. Monroe’s contract at its Nov. 16 board meeting. The search was conducted by the Arizona School Boards Association.
Monroe assumes the role that will be vacated by Dr. Debi Burdick when she retires at the end of December. Burdick has served as CCUSD superintendent since 2008.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Cort Monroe joining the collaborative culture that is a hallmark of our school district,” said Kathryn Hill, CCUSD governing board president.
Monroe was recently the assistant superintendent of student support services for the Queen Creek Unified School District, a position he held since 2017. Prior to this appointment, he served Queen Creek Unified as the assistant superintendent for student learning for two years. The Queen Creek Unified School District is one of the fastest growing school districts in the state and is known for excellence in academic achievement, athletics, and fine arts.
During his time in QCUSD, schools have received various accolades that include the National Blue Ribbon Award, the A+ School of Excellence Award from the Arizona Education Foundation, and multiple schools with A-letter grades from the Arizona Department of Education.
Monroe has more than 20 years in K-12 education serving in a wide variety of roles. During his tenure, he has held a variety of school based and administrative roles. He currently serves as a Graduate School adjunct professor for Northern Arizona University, where he earned his doctorate degree in the area of Educational Leadership in 2014. He has lived in Arizona since 1999 with his wife and four daughters. He is fluent in Spanish and spent two years of volunteer service in Argentina. He enjoys being active, sports, and spending time with his family.
“I am excited for the opportunity to work with our great team of educators and professionals who serve our students in the Cave Creek USD. As superintendent, I express my commitment to begin the work by engaging and listening to stakeholders so that we can continue the many great things already going on and collaborate on how we can continue to improve. I look forward to visiting schools to connect with our administrators, teachers, staff, and students, meeting with our parents and community groups. Together, we will continue ‘to inspire excellence’ within Cave Creek and build upon its success,” Monroe said.
Learn more about CCUSD at ccusd93.org.