Nearly $37 million budget OK’d for Apache Junction school district

The Apache Junction Unified School District has approved a nearly $37 million budget for fiscal year 2018-19 that includes a 12 percent increase in average annual pay for its teachers. An average salary of $44,430 will be offered for teachers. Last year the average was $39,750, according to budget documents prepared by AJUSD Finance Director […]

Biggs: Thank you for signing candidacy petitions for school board

I wanted to take a moment and thank those who took the time to sign my petition for candidacy of the Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board. When I decided to run for the school board, I set a goal of turning in my signatures on my birthday, July 10. The required number of […]

July 24 first day of school for Apache Junction school district

Apache Junction Unified School District wants to remind parents that the first day of school for the 2018-19 school year is July 24. This is a change from the previous year. The district returns to a five-day school week, but with a modified calendar that includes an earlier start date, longer breaks in October, December/January […]

Apache Junction school district accepting supplies donations for students, teachers

Due to multiple requests, the Apache Junction Unified School District office, 1575 W. Southern Ave in Apache Junction, will be accepting donations of new school supplies for teachers and students 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday through July 5. “Generosity is not in short supply in the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon area,” Sally Marks, AJUSD public information officer, […]

Sons of the American Legion donate $4,267 to Desert Vista Elementary School

The Sons of the American Legion Post 27 came to the rescue of Desert Vista Elementary School, 3701 E. Broadway in Apache Junction, by donating the $4,267.18 needed to complete inclusive playground equipment on the west side of the campus. Playground equipment was recently installed following  an intensive two-year fundraising campaign that included efforts from […]

Students in Apache Junction gifted/talented program show projects

Students in Apache Junction Unified School District’s gifted/talented program recently showed an array of student projects before taking off for summer break. Linda Gering and Robyn Gonzales from the Educational Services Department visited the students at Desert Vista Elementary School, 3701 E. Broadway Ave. in Apache Junction, to view and evaluate the projects. Both women […]

Students of the year named at Apache Junction Unified School District

The students of the year were honored at the May 8 Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board meeting. The awards are sponsored by Apache Junction Elks Lodge No. 2349. The students are: Ciara Anderson and Jagger Shields, of Desert Vista Elementary School; Cynthia Marcos and Daniel Urias, of Four Peaks Elementary School; Benjamin Martinez […]

Dr. Chomokos new Apache Junction High School principal

Dr. Angela Chomokos has been hired to be Apache Junction High School’s principal for the 2018-19 school year. She is presently the principal at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale. “I’m extremely excited to join this community and to be part of AJ High School,” Dr. Chomokos said at the May 8 meeting of the Apache […]

47 resignations to be considered at April 24 Apache Junction school board meeting

The resignations of 47 people as employees from Apache Junction Unified School District are to be considered at the governing board’s April 24 meeting. The resignations of 17 other employees from the district were approved in a split 3-2 vote by the governing board at the last meeting, April 10. Resignations, retirements and hires are […]

Letter on possible teacher walk-out sent home with students of Apache Junction schools

The Apache Junction Unified School District is warning parents of a potential teacher walk-out in Arizona by sending a letter home with students. “Reports about a potential teacher walk-out have been widely reported in the news and social media. This walk-out across Arizona is a call to action to receive increased funding for education and […]