Newly named chief financial officer faces a shrinking pipeline of schools funding

Sometimes, it has been said, the challenge facing school budgets is more like an out-of-control rollercoaster ride than a paper-and-pencil exercise—at least that analogy can be applied to the upcoming budget cycle for the Kyrene district.

Longtime Tempe Elementary staffers call it quits after decades

In this day and age of fast-paced living and instant gratification, you don’t often find people staying in the same job for more than five years anymore.

Kyrene schools chief takes a breath, views the future

It’s been a fast-paced year since my first meeting last July with Kyrene’s newly appointed Superintendent Dr. Jan Vesely. 

Foundation honors top Kyrene staffers

Strong employee engagement was on display at a recent special event to honor staff.

Corona among top quiz bowl winners at Atlanta tourney

Students from Corona del Sol joined 303 of the top high school quiz bowl teams at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis on May 27 for the 2017 High School National Championship Tournament.

Two West Chandler locations are sites for Back-to-School dropoffs

West Chandler’s Sunset Branch Library and the nearby Desert Breeze Police Substation will be drop-off sites for Operation Back to School Chandler, an event designed to bring entire communities together to provide disadvantaged students with school supplies they’ll need for the coming school year.

Survey shows link between teacher satisfaction, student success

Gallup, the well-known pollster, reports that the majority of teachers in the Kyrene district say they care about the quality of their job performance and believe strongly in their professional mission as educators.

Leadership skills boost kids’ behavior, success

Look out President Trump—youth at Mirada Elementary in Chandler now understand leadership skills and stand ready to be accountable for their academic achievement and behavior.

Admired theater teacher will lend experience, talent to wider role

If the Academy Awards presented Oscars to local talent, surely Pueblo’s theater teacher, Julie Hackmann, would have won more than her fair share.

Dr. Jan Vesely: More on ESAs

This year marks my 40th year in public education.