This week, the newest member of the Tucson Unified School District’s Governing Board took his oath of office. Pima County School Superintendent Dustin Williams selected Bruce Burke out of 15 applicants to replace former board member Mark Stegeman after he resigned in early October. Burke previously served on the board from 2003 to 2010. He discussed his approach this time around with Duncan Moon.
“First of all, you have to appreciate that you’re just one of five. You cannot lead alone,” Burke said. “You need to listen to the community, take that into account, and then with the assistance of the superintendent and staff, come up with good sound policies. Hopefully by consensus.”
Burke will fill the remainder of Stegeman’s term through the end of 2020. Burke said he does not plan to run for another term.
“It is a short term. But I’m really in a position not to have to worry about being re-elected,” Burke said. “I’ll be able to devote my full energy to my board membership and working with the superintendent. I think it’s a plus for me.”