Dr. Christopher Lineberry new Apache Junction High School principal

Dr. Christopher Lineberry is the new principal of Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive, for the 2019-20 school year.    Dr. Lineberry previously worked as principal at Stanfield Elementary School in Stanfield, Arizona; Florence Virtual Academy, a 6-12 in Florence Unified School District; Harmon Elementary School, a K-5 in JO Combs Unified School District; […]

Phyllis Bellemare new principal at Four Peaks Elementary School

Phyllis Bellemare has been hired as principal of Four Peaks Elementary School, 1785 N. Idaho Road in Apache Junction. Prior to being hired for the FPES position she served as assistant principal at Florence Union School District No. 1 for three years.   Mrs. Bellemare’s career in education began as a substitute teacher and after-school coordinator. […]

Students of the year chosen for Apache Junction school district

The students of the year were recognized at the Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board’s May 14 meeting. They included: Simote Teumohenga, Isabella Montoya, Fernando Mendez Rodriguez, Juliana Arriaga Scott, Alexia Gonzalez, Julianna Carrillo, Jacob Glazener, Dylan Condra, Hailli Wilson and Joshua Heatley.   

Meet finalists for Apache Junction High School principal on May 13

Editor’s Note: Apache Junction Unified School District announced a change in date to this event. The story has been updated with the appropriate information. Parents, students and local residents are invited to meet the finalists for the Apache Junction High School principal position at a May 13 event. The event will run from 6:30-7 p.m. […]

Apache Junction High School student Kyra Ehrlich receives $19,000 in scholarships

Kyra Ehrlich, an Apache Junction High School senior, received two scholarships that will help pay for tuition to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She recently received notice that she received the Presidential Scholarship ($14,000) as well as a Women of Excellence Award ($5,000) for a total award amount of $19,000. The scholarships are renewable for four years […]

The dollars and cents fueling public education in Apache Junction

The Apache Junction and Queen Creek unified school districts pay a similar amount to their superintendents — $135,000 and $148,753.13 respectfully — with the possibility of additional performance-based pay, according to public records. Queen Creek Unified School District offers its superintendent an additional 5 percent for performance-based pay if he earns an overall rating of […]

Apache Junction school district committee considering bonds, override vote for November

An advisory council tasked with reviewing Apache Junction Unified School District’s maintenance and operations, bond and capital needs has begun meeting and is to make a recommendation for going out for a bond and/or override in November. The group, known as the Superintendent Advisory Council, met April 8 for an introductory meeting and to discuss […]

AJUSD Student Showcase to debut April 13 at Apache Junction High School

The campus of Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive, will transform into a showcase of music, dance, comedy acts, dramatic vignettes, visual arts and more for the AJUSD Student Showcase 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 13. The public is invited to attend this free event and show their support for budding K-12 student […]

$36,000 field trip approved for 19 Apache Junction students to travel to D.C.

Nineteen seventh and eighth grade Cactus Canyon Junior High School students, two parents and two teachers will be traveling to Washington, D.C. June 11-14 for a field trip with EF Explore America. The trip was approved March 26 as part of a consent agenda in a unanimous vote by the Apache Junction Unified School District […]

Gold Canyon Lions Club donates Easter baskets to Project Help

Members of the Gold Canyon Lions Club dropped off Easter treats to Project Help to provide holiday gifts and goodies to students in Apache Junction Unified School District. Project HELP, 195 E. Superstition Blvd. in Apache Junction, emerged more than 30 years ago to offer creative solutions to temporary, emergency situations for AJUSD students and […]