A report card for Kyrene schools

Ongoing budget problems, teacher salaries, changing demographics and how fundamental subjects are taught were the focal points of a discussion Oct. 1 among candidates for the Kyrene School District Governing Board. The candidates’ views were part of a public forum designed to increase interest in the upcoming school board elections and provide a first-hand look […]

New program brings a ‘Bonanza’ to kids’ creativity

Most people my age can remember the days when after-school care meant some college kid throwing a coloring book and crayons at you while you stared at a clock waiting for 5:30 p.m. That’s when your parents, in theory at least, were due to pick you up. Most adults who remember having to endure such […]

5 ‘secret’ spots Olympics visitors shouldn’t miss

5 ‘secret’ spots Olympics visitors shouldn’t miss

London is the most amazing city in the world. Samuel Johnson once said, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” You’ve probably seen that quote before, but there’s a reason why. It’s true. I left a year ago this month to study in London for four months and I instantly […]

Kyrene OKs budget, gives staff first raise in 4 years

The Kyrene School District Governing Board unanimously approved its 2012-13 budget at a board meeting July 10. The board, made up of President Michelle Hirsch, Vice President Beth Brizel and members Ellen Shamah and Bernadette Coggins, voted 4-0 for the proposed budget. Board member Ross Robb was not present at this session. The budget will […]

No. 1 goal of popular pizzeria: Building relationships

No. 1 goal of popular pizzeria: Building relationships

It’s hard to believe it’s been only six years since Jimmy & Joe’s Pizzeria opened at the end of the strip mall at Ray and McClintock. Actually, it’s hard to believe there was a life without Jimmy & Joes. Since its opening in 2006, it’s become the social hub of the neighborhood. It started as […]

With a new leader comes new vision for the future

With a new leader comes new vision for the future

Ten years ago, few Valley residents would have considered downtown Chandler a shopping or dining “hotspot.” Thanks in significant part to the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, or DCCP, the area has been completely revitalized. DCCP is a non-profit organization that works in conjunction with the city of Chandler to help boost the economic success of […]

Kyrene board votes no on tax increase to offset losses

After considering vocal opposition at a packed, four-hour hearing, the Kyrene School District Governing Board voted no on a proposed one-year property-tax increase, deciding to try other approaches to solve a newly discovered budget shortfall. The board was due to reconvene later in the week to discuss rearranging bonds as a temporary fix for the […]