Category archives for: Education

Teacher pay raises again on the table as budget-balancing advances

Kyrene teachers are one step closer to receiving a much anticipated pay raise this year, thanks to the district Governing Board’s agreement to strike a salary freeze off the list of budget balancing strategies. The decision is in keeping with “Blueprint for Kyrene,” the district’s current strategic plan that is based heavily on community input. […]

Unveiling of new, ‘top secret’ school mascot will highlight 20-year anniversary event

Lisa Wonter remembers walking through the doors of Kyrene de la Mirada every day as she navigated her way through elementary school. Every morning promised a new discovery. Little did she know that, years later, she would once again be walking through those same doors, only now as a student teacher, and that each day […]

Ready, Set; Read

Thew Elementary School librarian Jean Mills, center, is presented with two of the 250 books donated for the school’s library. The campaign was sponsored by Tempe Republican Woman as the group’s community project. Taking part in the presentation were, from left, club president Darryl Jacobsen Barnes; Mills; and project coordinator Laura Reisinger.

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 […]

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