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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 Gilbert Unified School District governing board was informed Tuesday night that board member Shane Stapley is resigning his elected seat, effective March 10.
Last November the voters of Gilbert School District resoundingly defeated the override. This year, the GPS board has voted to give raises, increase the primary property tax rate, and is now asking for another tax increase, at a taxpayer cost of $328,000.
GPS Traditional Academy - Neely Campus will now officially be called Neely Traditional Academy.
To parents and residents living within the Gilbert Public Schools geographic area:
Homeowners in parts of Gilbert and Mesa can expect to pay a lot more in property taxes this year.
“If you moved to Gilbert because of the good schools, then you may become disappointed. New GPS board members want to turn Gilbert into a charter school district. Charter schools are a privatization of public schools that funnel your tax dollars to a small group of insiders. Charter schools do not outperform public schools. Do research, pay attention, and get involved.”
Gilbert Unified School District will begin looking for a new superintendent now that the governing board has accepted Dave Allison’s letter of retirement.
A Message from Dr. Dave Allison
Schools should follow charter examples; no teachers should be cut, find the cuts elsewhere.
TAXES: Follow charter schools' example
I’ve heard the most potent arguments in favor of the tax increase known as the “override,” and, as a conservative, I’m not convinced.
Gilbert elementary schools, known for their powerhouse chess clubs anchored by parent volunteers, will start a new era this year with a professional vendor based in north Phoenix.
“Mr. Basha used to be a neighbor of mine, although I did not know immediately know it. My son, about 13, came home one day from carousing in the neighborhood. I asked where he had been. He replied ‘we were at Eddie’s house playing tennis.’ You know where this story is headed. It was Eddie Basha. He was like that, a kind man who was for the kids. Needless to say, I did not mind my son going there to play tennis. R.I.P. Mr. Basha.”
SALINAS, Calif. — On a windy morning in California's Salinas Valley, a tractor pulled a wheeled, metal contraption over rows of budding iceberg lettuce plants. Engineers from Silicon Valley tinkered with the software on a laptop to ensure the machine was eliminating the right leafy buds.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - In a dramatic escalation of high seas crime, Somali pirates hijacked a Saudi supertanker loaded with crude hundreds of miles off the coast of East Africa — defeating the security web of warships trying to protect vital shipping lanes.
ROYAL MARINE BASE CHIVENOR, England - British sailors and marines freed by Iran said Friday they were blindfolded, isolated in cold stone cells and tricked into fearing execution while being coerced into falsely saying they had entered Iranian waters.
WASHINGTON — Unmanned aircraft have proved their usefulness and reliability in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the pressure's on to allow them in the skies over the United States.
NAIROBI, Kenya - In a riveting high-seas drama, an unarmed American crew wrested control of their U.S.-flagged cargo ship from Somali pirates and sent them fleeing to a lifeboat with the captain as hostage.
MUMBAI, India - It took just 10 young men armed with rifles and grenades to terrorize this city of 18 million and turn its postcard-perfect icons into battlefields until security forces ended one of the deadliest attacks in India's history early Saturday.