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Mesa Selects Utah Superintendent To Lead School District

Ember Conley
(Photo courtesy Mesa Public Schools)
Ember Conley was most recently the superintendent at the Park City School District in Utah.

UPDATE: April 3, 2018

The Mesa Public Schools Governing Board approved the contract for incoming Superintendent Ember Conley last week.

Ember Conley, currently the superintendent of Park City Schools in Utah, is scheduled to start in the district on July 1. Conley previously said as a first-generation college student, education is her passion.

“It’s not just education,” Conley said. “It’s being able to help students to learn to grow and to reach their dreams.”

The contract includes a $225,000 annual base salary and lasts three years. Benefits include a $900 monthly stipend, possible incentive payments for achieving district goals and membership to professional organizations.

Conley will also receive a one-time payment of up to $10,000 for moving expenses. The governing board will evaluate the superintendent’s performance annually.

The Mesa district serves more than 71,000 students.


Mariana Dale rustles up stories as a senior field correspondent based out of KJZZ’s East Valley Bureau in Tempe. She’s followed a microphone onto cattle ranches, to the Dominican Republic and many places in between. Dale believes in a story’s strength to introduce us to diverse perspectives, inspire curiosity and hold public leaders accountable for their actions. She started at KJZZ on the digital team in 2016 and still spends a lot of time thinking about how to engage with our community online. Dale has learned from stints at Arizona Public Media, The Arizona Daily Star, The Arizona Republic and as an intern at NPR’s Morning Edition in Culver City. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Dale is grateful for the mentoring of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, the Chips Quinn Scholars program and AIR’s New Voices Scholars. A desert native, she loves spending time outside hiking, tending to her cactus and reading.