By Sally Mesarosh Just say ‘know’ a timely update for parents’ guidance to teens By Sally Mesarosh “Just say no” no longer works when it comes to educating teens about today’s constantly changing drug scene. Stephanie Siete of Community Bridges tells parents to stay informed and create a village around their kids. Today, she tells […]

Three schools earn A+ recognition

By Diana Whittle Three schools in the Kyrene district — Mariposa Elementary, Kyrene Traditional Academy’s Sureño campus and Pueblo Middle School — have earned the Arizona Educational Foundation’s A+ School of Excellence recognition for the 2014-15 academic year. The awards follow an in-depth evaluation in the areas of student focus and support, school culture, active […]

Chandler residents urged to access online polls as a way to get involved in helping plan city’s future

What is the most important investment to maintain the quality of west Chandler and other city neighborhoods? That is the question being asked in a series of monthly online polls planners are using to aid them in updating the city’s General Plan. Residents wishing to participate in the process can visit the project website,, […]

Optimism remains as Kyrene schools ponder Ducey budget cuts

By Diana Whittle Spring is always budget time for the Kyrene school district, but this year school administrators must plan for a $5.2 million shortfall in the 2015-16 fiscal budget, due to cuts recommended by the governor’s office. According to the Executive Budget Summary, the reason the governor chose to reduce non-classroom spending is to […]