Student declining to remove bandana escorted by police from Apache Junction High School

Apache Junction Police Department officers escorted a teenager from Apache Junction High School Aug. 10 after he allegedly refused to remove a bandana from his head, according to a youtube video and a letter from the district. The video can be seen by searching for “Apache Junction High School” at with a filter of […]

Aug. 15 deadline for children to apply for free horse-riding lessons

The Apache Junction Mounted Rangers are giving five children in fourth-12th grades free horse-riding lessons. “Everything is included. All you have to do is be in the Apache Junction school district, write an essay saying why you should be chosen,” according to a release. Submissions must include a permission slip from a parent or guardian […]

Apache Junction Police Officer Carl Halperin liaison with school district

Officer Carl Halperin has been named the liaison between Apache Junction Unified School District and the Apache Junction Police Department. Officer Halperin has an office in the 11/12 building at Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive in Apache Junction, and will teach lessons to high school students about alcohol and related risks, according […]

Gold Canyon Elementary lease OK’d; AJ schools leader gets 4 percent performance pay

Gold Canyon Community Church can continue leasing the former Gold Canyon Elementary School building, thanks to a recent decision by the Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board. The board also approved giving a 4 percent performance pay increase to the school superintendent. In September the board hired a real estate broker to market and […]

Police: Slow down while driving, avoid distractions as school starts

As the new school year approaches, the Apache Junction Police Department encourages all motorists, parents and students to take extra care adjusting to schools being open for business. “The police department will aggressively enforce school zone areas to ensure the safest possible passage for children returning to school,” Rob McDaniel, AJPD’s community resource coordinator, said […]

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, […]

Registration under way for Apache Junction Unified School District

Registration has begun for new and returning students who will be attending Apache Junction Unified School District during the 2018-19 school year. Parents and guardians are encouraged to register their student as soon as possible to help ensure smaller class sizes, according to a release. The first day of school is July 24 and all […]