Category archives for: Education

Report reveals teacher pay is likley locked at current level

Few words pique a crowd’s interest like money, which is why a discussion on teachers’ compensation sounded interesting. However, what at first seemed promising during a Kyrene School Board meeting ended much differently, with teachers disconcerted to hear that an existing freeze on salaries likely will continue. Their predictable despair is compounded by a complex […]

The signs of bullying and what parents should know before it’s too late

Recent headlines of school shootings, violence and suicides express the concern the nation has in regard to the mental health of its youth. Childhood exposure to severe bullying, in particular, often is cited as the cause of serious long-term effects that ultimately can lead to anxiety, depression and suicide in adults. No one is less […]

Collaborative process leads to a unanimous decision

Consensus or even positive bargaining seem to elude most of our elected officials. In the Kyrene School District, though, a group of determined volunteers apparently have succeeded in coming together with a unanimous decision. The district’s Elementary Special Area Study Team used a technique, known widely as interest-based problem solving, to review scheduling options for […]

Kyrene retains security plan, despite concerns

School security took center stage during a study session of the Kyrene School Board on Jan. 22, along with the announcement of a new safety committee to assess the best security practices for the district. The committee membership includes technology experts, communications and security staff, and Beth Brizel, the current Kyrene board president. The results […]

Kyrene adopts strict new policy requiring ID for all school entry

The shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn., left school districts shaken to the core, but motivated to review and tighten security measures—and to reassure anxious parents. Following the trend of school districts across the nation, at the first board meeting of 2013, the Kyrene School District reported that its administrators also enhanced policies and adopted new […]

Citizens Police Academy launches its latest 13-week class series on Feb. 6

Applications for the next Citizens Police Academy , which runs 13 weeks Feb. 6 through April 24, are now being accepted by Chandler PD. Classes are held from 6 to 9 p.m.Wednesdays at the department’s main station, 250 E. Chicago St. Applicants must be 18 years old and either work, live or attend school in […]

“Out- of-school- time” program focused on providing safe, fun and structured places to go before or after classes for kindergarten through eighth-grade.

Every day throughout the year, kids from the 26 Kyrene campuses attend some type of “out- of-school- time” program, all different in content but all focused on providing safe, fun and structured places to go before or after kindergarten through eighth-grade classes. As assistant director of the Kyrene Community Education and Outreach Services Department in […]

Dropoff time extended for tax credit donations

Offices of the Tempe Union High School District will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, for the convenience of those who wish to drop off last-minute tax-credit donations. Contributors who drop by will be treated to refreshments. The required forms are available at www.tuhsd.k12., and staff will be available […]

‘We the People’ competition draws an enthusiastic crowd — again

At Corona del Sol High School, it’s common to find crowds of support for sporting events. But on Dec. 8, the parking lot was packed for a different reason. It was a day that almost 350 students, from 14 schools across the Valley (plus their families and coaches), had been looking forward to: this year’s […]

Compadre teen-parenting program beneficiary of Diablos’ $10k grant

Tempe’s charitable Diablos again have shown their generosity with a $10,000 grant to the Tempe Union High School District’s Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting Program, housed at Compadre Academy. The grant was awarded to help ensure the program’s continuing ability to serve as a successful drop-out prevention service. Compadre’s program offers pregnant and parenting female students, […]

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