David Peterson is a Candidate for Director of ASBO International



David Peterson, J.D., SFO, Ed.D.

Candidate for Director

Scottsdale Unified School District
Scottsdale, Arizona

David Peterson has been a member of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials for almost 20 years and has been a member of ASBO International for the past 15 years, serving on the Legislative Affairs Committee. Dr. Peterson is a past president and director of AASBO and he has won several honors and awards, including the State of Arizona Governor’s Award for Energy Efficiency. He earned the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations (SFO) designation. He presents at many State and National Conference on Educational Facilities and School Finance.

He joined the Scottsdale Unified School District family in July 2005 as the Chief of Facilities Management for Learners. Was promoted to Assistant Superintendent in 2007 and has served as the Superintendent for the past three years. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, holds a Juris Doctorate from Concord School of Law and a Certificate of Negotiation and Mediation from Harvard Law School and is a member of the California State Bar. Additionally, he has a Doctorate of Education from Nova Southeastern University, a Certificate of School Business Management from Central Arizona College, a Certificate of Public Schools Planning and Design from Harvard University, and a Master Degree in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University.

Prior to joining SUSD, Dr. Peterson served as the Director of Operations for Mesa Public Schools. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Arizona School Alliance and Valley Schools Employee Benefit Trust.

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New Aflac Group Coverage Through VSEBT

Valley Schools Employee Benefits Group (VSEBT)  announced it will be offering discounted group coverage for its tens of thousands of members across Arizona through Aflac in addition to their wide array of other employer provided and voluntary benefits.  The first organization to implement this new program will be the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD).  In these tough times it is good to see that at least some employers are looking at new ways to save their employees money on insurance.  Aflac will be offering both critical illness and accident insurance under the plan.

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Here is a copy of the VSEBT Press Release




February 28, 2013

Phoenix, Arizona – The Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) has signed a deal with Aflac to provide the opportunity for its members to access group coverage for critical illness and accident advantage plus insurance. VSEBT and Aflac negotiated coverages and rates that are much better than those offered in the individual insurance market.

“We are very pleased to be the first employer in Arizona to be able to offer this unique, high-quality and lower priced group coverage to our employees,” said Dr. Dave Peterson, Superintendent of the Scottsdale Unified School District. “VSEBT is a great trust that cares for their members and we are honored to team up with them and AFLAC to provide these benefits. The very best education for our students starts with attracting and retaining the best teachers and staff to serve them.”

Dr. Dave Peterson, Superintendent, SUSD

Dr. Dave Peterson, Superintendent, SUSD

Valley Schools has been managing public entity pools and trusts since 1987 and has served tens of thousands of local employees during that time. Aflac has been in business for 56 years and serves over 50 million policy holders worldwide. Ethisphere magazine included Aflac on its list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the sixth consecutive year in 2012.

“We look at every benefit offering with a critical eye”, stated Tom Boone, Chairman and CEO for Valley Schools.  “Through our cooperative purchasing power, we are often able to work directly with top companies like Aflac and get coverage and prices that smaller groups just can’t. That is how we help our members save crucial funding while preserving high quality benefits.”

Studies have shown a high satisfaction with Aflac products and a growing demand by employees.  With slow downs in economic growth and changes to the healthcare markets, many employees like the security of a direct cash payment to them in case of critical illness or accident. This new coverage will be available to all members of VSEBT who choose to participate for the upcoming open enrollment cycle.


Scottsdale Unified School District Holds Successful Health Fair!

On November 1, 2012, the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) held a very successful health fair with hundreds of attendees.  Special thanks go to Dr. David J. Peterson, Superintendent for SUSD who shows a consistently high enthusiasm for programs which will help employees stay healthy and live well.

Dr. Dave Peterson, Superintendent, SUSD


The health fair is one of many being conducted by local school districts in conjunction with the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) a group purchasing organization they are a member of, and the various health providers and vendors used by the district.  These fairs are a win-win for everyone.  They identify serious conditions early to cut health care costs and suffering of employees, they help employees learn and live health and wellness, and they result in better output and fewer substitute days in the classrooms, helping overall test scores and learning for our children.

Scottsdale Unified held their Health Fair at the Saguaro High School. It was a successful event that included health screenings, benefit information, preventative information and education, wellness classes and a Health Assessment campaign onsite.

They had the following vendors actively participating in the event:

Davita and The Kidney Trust90 Screenings completed! (all staffed by volunteers!)

ABRAZO – Blood pressure and BMI screenings

United Healthcare (UHC)

Delta Dental of Arizona

VSP (Vision Service Plan)


Brockhurst & Associates

Met Life Auto and Home

Pinnacle Lifestyles – Spinal Health Educatoin

Solis Women’s Health (Mammographies and Breast Cancer Treatment)

Dr. Ezrre – Naturopathic Family Healthcare

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Southwest Herb w/Reflexologist in attendance

Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI)  St. Joseph’s Hospital

Living Well Now

Valley Schools staff members were also in attendance to assist the District with set up, registration, Health Assessments & management of the event. It was a true group effort!

Congratulations to the Scottsdale Unified School District for working for healthier and happier employees!