Apache Junction school district approves Dinosaur Park property lease

A recreational lease agreement has been approved for Dinosaur Park, which was constructed adjacent to the now-closed Gold Canyon Elementary School. It is on 1.8 acres at 5810 S. Alameda Road in Gold Canyon. The lease goes into effect when the Apache Junction Unified School District sells the school, according to a letter from Deputy […]

Dr. Wilson named interim EVIT superintendent pending investigation of others, board says

At a public meeting Jan. 17, the governing board for the East Valley Institute of Technology placed EVIT Superintendent Dr. Sally Downey and principals Craig Pearson and Mark Yockus on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. “In light of ongoing investigations and information that we have, the board feels this action is […]

Desert Vista students share Gifted Projects with district officials

Students at Desert Vista Elementary School, 3701 E. Broadway Ave. in Apache Junction, wrapped up 2018 sharing their Gifted Projects with Jodi Walker, academic coach for AJUSD elementary schools, and Robyn Gonzales, educational services curriculum manager. The students demonstrated initiative, imagination and creativity in their projects and presentations, according to a press release. Paul Henry, […]

Red Mountain High School marching band earns top honors

Mesa’s Red Mountain High School’s Marching Band has been recognized as one of the best music programs in the Valley after being named as the December winner of Fulton Homes’ Noon Salute program. Under the direction of Jennifer Hamilton, the choir will receive a $1,000 check from the Tempe-based home builder, according to a press […]

CCJH Principal Castelhano to receive Arizona Music Educators Association outstanding administrator award

Courtney Castelhano, Cactus Canyon Junior High School principal, is to receive the Arizona Music Educators Association’s outstanding administrator award during a Hall of Fame luncheon Feb. 1 in Mesa. It will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Convention Center, 200 N. Centennial Way in the Arizona ballroom, according to a release. The award […]

Pinal County Community College Board seeks new member

The Pinal County Community College Board has a vacancy created due to the resignation of governing board member Jack Yarrington. The vacancy will be filled by appointment made by Pinal County School Superintendent Jill Broussard, according to a release. The successful candidate will be seated until Dec. 31, 2020. Any eligible resident within the Pinal […]

Four Peaks student’s art garners Fiesta Bowl Parade honor

Savannah Hancock, a fourth-grader at Four Peaks Elementary School in Apache Junction, was selected to be one of 10 Junior Grand Marshals in the Fiesta Bowl Parade on Dec. 29. Her art entry was part of an extension to an Arizona history lesson in Kerri Mortenson’s classroom, according to a release. Students used resources in […]

Apache Junction school district awarded 5 new school buses worth $550,000

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey today announced that 22 school districts have received approval for the purchase of 76 diesel and alternative-fuel schools buses, totaling $8.4 million. The $8.4 million is the second wave of funding awarded as part of a $38 million plan to provide low-income schools with new school buses. The Apache Junction Unified […]

Cactus Canyon Junior High School media students earn recognition at state convention

They almost left early because they didn’t expect to win anything, but if they’d gotten on the bus, they would have missed out on winning nine awards against high school competition. Cactus Canyon Junior High School students in Journalism 2 and Yearbook went to the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association state convention at Arizona State University […]

Prospectors sweep first, second, third place in VFW Voice of Democracy competition

Sheryl Anderson’s senior government students at Apache Junction High School take their studies seriously. In a recent competition sponsored by VFW Post No. 7968, 250 S. Phelps Drive in Apache Junction, the Prospectors took first, second and third place in the essay contest, “Why My Vote Matters,” according to a release. Gabe Morris took the […]