Apache Junction school board to meet in executive session

[Update: An earlier version of this executive-session meeting notice incorrectly stated the topic was a lawsuit.] A lawsuit filed this summer in Pinal County Superior Court naming the Apache Junction Unified School District as a defendant is not to be discussed in a closed-door executive session Sept. 24 of the district Governing Board. The board […]

Goldstein: AJUSD asking voters ‘to rescue them from their over-enthusiastic budgets’

Once again, the Apache Junction Unified School District is asking taxpayers to vote for a maintenance and operations override and a capital improvement bond. A little history: Voters last approved a bond election in 2004, for which taxpayers are still paying and will continue to pay until 2026. If approved, the projected combined bonds payoff […]

Donations sought for ‘Put On The Cape – A Foundation for Hope’

Apache Junction Unified School District will be partnering with Put on the Cape: A Foundation for Hope, by collecting new — in the box — action figures and Barbie dolls, and superhero T-shirts with tags on them. All donations received through Sept. 27 will be given to child-advocacy centers of Put on the Cape.   Monetary […]

Learn about school district bond, override election at Sept. 26 community education forum

A community education forum on Apache Junction Unified School District’s capital improvement bond Proposition 432 and the override Proposition 433 that will be on the November ballot will be held in Gold Canyon. It will be held 6-8 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Gold Canyon Community Church, 5810 S. Alameda Road, according to a release. […]

Need information to vote Nov. 5? Tours slated of Apache Junction schools

Tours are slated of Apache Junction Unified School District campuses to help voters make a decision in the Nov. 5 election. The district is seeking authorization to issue and sell $60 million in school-improvement bonds and exceed its budget by the lesser of $2 million or 10% of its revenue control limit. [Related link: apachejunctionindependent.com/news/nov-5-election-apache-junction-school-district-seeking-60m-in-bonds-2m-capital-override] […]

Apache Junction High School engineering students tackling real-life problems

The Introduction to Engineering students at Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood in Apache Junction, are making the community a better place using cardboard, construction paper and a little ingenuity.  Using EPICS High, a program developed by Purdue University and offered at no cost to high school students across the U.S., students are tasked […]

Rizzi: What launched initial investigation into former AJUSD superintendent

I wasn’t going to comment about the recent indictment of the former Apache Junction Unified School District Superintendent Chad Wilson; however, after reading comments being made about the school board, I have no option but to set the record straight. I do not speak for the other school board members; this is solely about my […]

Former AJUSD superintendent Wilson indicted on felony charges

The Arizona State Grand Jury accuses former Apache Junction Unified School District Superintendent Chad Wilson of theft, a class 2 felony, and three counts of misuse of public monies, class 4 felonies, according to an Arizona Superior Court indictment. He is accused of misusing public funds, including authorizing performance pay (May 1, 2012-May 31, 2016), […]

Struble: Support AJUSD bond, capital override

I am asking the citizens of the Apache Junction Unified School District to vote yes on both the bond election and the capital override election. I see these items as investing in our children, our community and our future. In the last two years we have made significant strides in improving the environment, culture and […]

Gold Canyon Elementary School building to be sold for $1.8M

Gold Canyon Community Church, which has been leasing the site of the former Gold Canyon Elementary School, has until Dec. 31, 2020, to purchase the property for $1.8 million. The Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board recently approved an amendment on the church’s lease and a purchase proposal for the former school at 5810 […]