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Q. Would you say your district is delivering quality services now and what, if any, changes would you make?
Tuesday night’s election resulted in two school board members for the Gilbert Public Schools, one for the Higley Unified School District, and an additional Higley spot that remains up in the air.
GPS candidate Charles Santa Cruz speaks during the Gilbert Public Schools and Higley Unified School District governing board candidates forum at Higley Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, June 5, 2014.
As a parent of two Gilbert Public School students, I join with other parents, teachers and Gilbert Chamber of Commerce who fully endorse Charles Santa Cruz and Jill Humpherys for the Gilbert School Board. These two important candidates will bring an even-keeled approach to our board and will put our district back on the path supporting our public school system.
(L-R) GPS incumbent Jill Humpherys, candidate Reed Carr and candidate Ron Bellus listen while candidate Charles Santa Cruz speaks during the Gilbert Public Schools and Higley Unified School District governing board candidates forum at Higley Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, June 5, 2014.
The Gilbert Unified School District governing board named Christopher Stroud principal at Gilbert High School beginning July 1.
What is the big deal about public education these days? Does it really have an effect on my life if I don’t have children attending the public schools? The Justice Policy Institute issued a report in 2007 on Education and Public Safety. Research results found that “a 5-percent increase in male high school graduation rates would produce an annual savings (in the state) of almost $5 billion in crime-related expenses.” Are you aware that the Arizona high school graduation rate has fallen below the national average? Public Safety is the main concern of police departments across the state. Who, then, did the Arizona Police Association choose to endorse for Gilbert School Board? Jill Humpherys and Charles Santa Cruz.
A recent guest editorial in this paper titled “Stand for Something or Fall for Anything” did not correctly represent the actions or the intent of multiple groups that support Jill Humpherys and Charlie Santa Cruz for the Gilbert School Board. We are taking this opportunity to share our passion for public education and support for Jill and Charlie with you.
Even if you do not have a child in the Gilbert Public Schools, the Gilbert School Board election is important to you. As the largest employer in Gilbert, the Gilbert Public School District is important to the economic development of the community. An unprecedented number of Gilbert teachers and administrators have resigned and are taking jobs in neighboring school districts where they will make more money and be treated with respect. Teacher applications for Gilbert school openings are down. Prospective homebuyers are asking questions about the Gilbert School Board as they consider where to buy a home in the East Valley. This is because three of the five school board members (Burk, Colvin and Smith) have focused on politics and ideology rather than enhancing student achievement. Remember how the three held up the approval of Apple to establish an operation in Mesa? Quality public schools are in the best interest of everyone in the community.
It was another disappointing evening at the GPS Governing Board meeting. The audience and the voting public could not sway the board majority to send the override question to the voters for a third time. They opted instead to unilaterally make the decision for over 30,000 students and families, 4,000 employees, and a community that requested that the voters, of the district, be given the opportunity to speak. All public comment, emails, letters, and petitions fell on deaf ears. Gilbert Public Schools will once again be faced with the prospects of reducing its budget by at least $ 7 million or more from an already tight budget. This ideological decision will have a devastating effect on our students and families, employees, programs, and facilities.
While I am a relative newcomer to Gilbert area politics, I am a veteran of Valley politics. What I have witnessed the last two years regarding the Gilbert School Board is absolutely appalling. Today, Oct. 4, 2014, I read the opinion of a Ms. Van De Graff who basically is asking us to vote for two candidates that would allow the circus to stay in town. There is so much to comment on in her opinion, but mandatory word limits on letters will not allow.
Arizona's statewide races reflect the national campaigns — an almost complete Republican victory, and an almost complete rejection of Barack Obama. Six years ago, who'd a thunk it? The guy was on top of the world. Now, he might slink off the world stage in a couple of years, as an afterthought. A conflation of events, opposition, and, frankly, incompetence, seem to have ruined his second term.
Voters from Gilbert and the surrounding area had an opportunity to meet candidates vying to represent the two local school boards during a special forum at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts on June 5.
Roughly two years ago, I came home from work to find a letter on my front door. That letter was to inform me about a junior high school in my neighborhood that was closing. As any community member would, I simply asked why?
BECCA ADAMS, Tempe parent
For Gilbert residents, Election Day will be heavily focused on deciding who will serve on two of the town’s school boards, as well as who will represent them in the state House and Senate.
As Gilbert’s population continues to grow dramatically, town officials want the community to remember a Hispanic heritage that helped form the town’s backbone.
A report released Friday by police claims that Gilbert High School officials withheld evidence during an investigation into six students suspected of plotting a massacre.
The memorial sat in an empty driveway as neighbors stopped and gazed with teary eyes. The pictures, notes and flowers are the memories left of the Pittses, a Gilbert family who lost five members Sunday afternoon in a single-engine plane crash near Santa Rosa, N.M.
Voters in Gilbert won’t receive a third opportunity to weigh the pros and cons of an override after the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board voted down adding it to the November ballot in a heated 3-2 vote.
A parent wants the Gilbert Unified School District to reimburse him the $400 he paid to fly a daughter to his younger daughter's graduation this last month, an event they both missed as rain drenched the ceremony.
College-bound East Valley students continued to score above the state average on the ACT college entrance exam while the state as a whole scored at or above 35 other states.
Testimony in the case of a troubled teenager who wrote about a massacre at Gilbert High School continues today.
A 16-year-old Gilbert girl who decided to end her life last week was laid to rest on Monday, following a service at an East Valley church where about 460 family and friends shared stories about the girl who had a lot to live for and plans for her future.