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Incoming Gilbert Public Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto officially signed a contract that will pay her at least $200,000 per year on the same night the district’s governing board hired its second interim superintendent since July.
Dear Gilbert School Board Members,
It was with great interest that we read the coalition of Gilbert leaders’ open letter to Town residents and businesses last week. We were encouraged that our community leaders had finally spoken out on the raging storm that threatens our Gilbert Public Schools.
“I couldn’t give them the help they need.”
A few months of searching to find a permanent leader for the district concluded on Feb. 11 with the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board’s vote to hire a new superintendent, although the decision came amid controversy over the process.
From education to economic development, the Town of Gilbert ended 2013 with solid economic prospects, a sterling reputation for safety and a couple of issues that irked several of its residence. But the year might be best known for how it contributed to the foundation of what the town can be in the near future.
Only a week after the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board temporarily mucked up the Apple-related company deal to build a huge plant in east Mesa, the board majority struck again, again reflecting the highly partisan Tea Party nature of what’s supposed to be a non-partisan position.
So the Great Apple Controversy is over.
A potential impediment to Apple developing a facility in Mesa was cleared on Monday night after the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board agreed to sign a letter of no objection to allow for the re-zoning of the property for tax purposes.
The deal that would bring Apple to Mesa has hit a snag due to a decision by the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board to hold off on an agreement that would provide incentives to the company and provide the district millions in tax revenue.
Gilbert School Board President Stacy Burk recently made a proposal sure to generate discussion. On a Facebook site, “Gilbert Schools Rabid Fringe,” she’s floating the following:
Gilbert voters will see a school district budget override request on the November ballot.
Gilbert Unified School District's governing board voted last week 3-2 to use additional funds in its budget to decrease class sizes for the upcoming school year.
There’s space in the Gilbert Unified School District for another 570 elementary students, 625 junior high students and 500 high school students, according to a report being presented Tuesday night to the district governing board.
The Gilbert Unified School District governing board is taking action to withdrawal from the Arizona School Board Association.
The Gilbert Unified School District governing board again voted Tuesday against discussing a future budget override ballot issue.
Gilbert district schools will continue to offer free, full-day kindergarten next school year following a vote Wednesday night by the governing board.
The Gilbert Unified School District governing board failed to approve Tuesday night future discussion about placing a budget override renewal on the November 2013 ballot.
Owners of mental health facility planned for a site next a Gilbert elementary school announced it will seek a different location.
The Gilbert Unified School District would have to to cut another $5 million from its budget if an idea to maintain the current primary property tax rate takes hold.
A decision by the Gilbert Unified School District governing board April 9 means a junior high principal will remain in his job next school year.
With the need to cut $6 million from its budget next year, the Gilbert Unified School District is looking at shaving school budgets, hiring occupational and physical therapists rather than using contract workers, and raising athletic fees.
Gifted students will have another education option next year after the Gilbert Unified School District governing board approved creation of a self-contained classroom program.
The Gilbert Unified School District will hire a facilitator to help gather information about what qualities the community wants in its next superintendent.
Superintendent Dave Allison’s future with the Gilbert Unified School District may be decided Thursday.