It has only been a month since the TUSD Governing Board voted not to renew the contract of Catalina Magnet High School Principal Rex Scott, but the longtime educator has already found another home for the upcoming school year.
On Thursday night, the Marana Unified School District Governing Board unanimously approved Scott as the principal of Tortolita Middle School, 4101 W. Hardy Road.
“I’m very proud and very excited,” Scott said of his appointment. “I know how vitally important the middle years are, and Tortolita is an outstanding school already. I’m very eager to get to work with the staff, students, parents and the entire community to make it an even better school for students as they go through what are arguably the most critical years of their educational career.”
Scott did all of his teaching at the middle school level, and his own children attended Tortolita, making the move somewhat of a homecoming, he said.
Scott is leaving Catalina, 3645 E. Pima St., after five years of serving what many would call a challenging population. The school serves nearly 1,000 students and is home to a large number of refugee students, English-language learners and students living in poverty, and has the highest mobility rate — 58.1 percent — in terms of students transferring in and out of any TUSD high school.
The Tucson Unified School District Governing Board voted 4-1 last month to not renew Scott’s contract as a result of Catalina receiving grades of D from the Arizona Department of Education two years in a row.
While Catalina has worked to achieve academic gains, TUSD Superintendent H.T. Sanchez said all indicators show it will not be enough to improve to a letter grade of C.
Scott will remain at Catalina through the end of June.
“There will always be a big part of me that’s a Catalina Trojan, and I’ve been very proud and honored to be the principal of that school,” Scott said. “The last five years have been the most challenging and the most fulfilling years of my career.”