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Saturday, December 3, 2022

MUSD studying elementary school boundary changes

Maricopa’s growth means widespread changes across the city, and the effects will trickle down all the way to elementary-school students next school year. The Maricopa...

Haunted Hustle 5k at Central Arizona College

Maricopans of all ages took part in Halloween-theme activities at Central Arizona College Maricopa campus on Saturday. In costumes, friends and families gathered to take...

Desert Sunrise High equipped with tools to meet needs of 21st-century students

19Construction continues at a rapid pace to keep up with projected enrollment at Desert Sunrise High, which opened in July.  City and school officials toured...

The stars came out for Mayor Nancy Smith’s first State of the City address

It was a who's who of Maricopa at the reception that preceded Mayor Nancy Smith's first State of the City address on Oct. 19. Captains...
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Jeep crashes into school bus with no students in it; both drivers injured

A sport-utility vehicle crossed the center of the road and struck a school bus Friday shortly after 3 p.m., according to Maricopa police. There were...

Fire Prevention Week: Home-escape plan may save your life

You’re relaxing at home. Suddenly, you notice smoke billowing. Usually, it’s from the kitchen. By the time you see it, you might have only...

Poll: Maricopans favor school vouchers 

Education has been a hot-button issue in Arizona in recent years, and Gov. Doug Ducey has been at the heart of much of it. Ducey...

Central Arizona College accepting applications for LPN to RN bridge program

Central Arizona College is accepting applications for its Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse bridge program, which is designed for Arizona LPNs looking to...

MUSD board votes to continue performance pay

The Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board voted unanimously Wednesday to continue performance pay for staff who work directly with students. Performance pay increases average...

Questions sharp, probing as students take on mayor in mock news conference

Mayor Smith fielded questions about crime, economic development, why there is no shopping mall and water usage at a proposed surf park in Maricopa.  But these...

Longtime Maricopa historian and school teacher Pat Brock dies

EDITOR's NOTE: This post has been updated to reflect funeral arrangements.  Pat Brock, who documented the history of Maricopa in her books “Reflections of a...

Developer: City will gain ball fields with Copper Sky medical project

A board member of S3 BioTech, developer of the medical and innovation campus planned for Copper Sky, said the city will see a net...

Signs of fall: Local high school football teams preparing for season

Prep football schedule Desert Sunrise High School School will only play JV for 2022 season September 1st at Sequoia Pathway, 4 p.m. 14th at Benjamin Franklin, 6 p.m. 21th at...

MUSD invests heavily in professional development

The Maricopa Unified School District believes in the professional development of its staff and is proving it with a healthy investment in its employees. The...

‘World-ready’ – Unique learning model imbues new Desert Sunrise High School

When efforts began to conceive and plan Maricopa’s second high school, the Academy Model inspired the educators, architects, planners and contractors who helped make...

College comes early – Heritage girls complete high school in 3 years

Evaluating colleges and making the proper choice to continue one’s education is an annual rite of passage for many teens. It was no different for...

‘It’s not going to be fixed overnight,’ chief says of traffic ‘stacking’ at Porter...

Maricopa police Chief James Hughes broached the topic of traffic around Porter Road-area schools during a recent report to City Council. He said he expects...

State Superintendent visits Maricopa Unified School District

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman visited two local Maricopa schools on Thursday as they welcomed students for the first day of instruction. “We...

First day of classes at Desert Sunrise (Photos)

Desert Sunrise High School welcomed students for the first time on Thursday. The new school on the east side of Maricopa welcomed freshmen and sophomores....

MUSD adopts $101.6M budget with enhanced salary hikes

The Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board unanimously adopted a $101.6 million budget last week that included several last-minute increases. Those increases were made possible...
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MUSD governing board candidates likely avoid election

Barring any 11th-hour developments, the Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board is set for the next two years – without an election. The board will...

Flashback: Pima Butte opens doors

In July 2005, Maricopa schools welcomed students for the first day of the new school year. Pima Butte, a new elementary school in Rancho...

InFocus: Thad Miller a fixture at Maricopa schools

Maricopa Wells Middle School principal Thad Miller sets a simple yet challenging goal for his teachers and students. “One of the lessons I share with...

Safety in schools a never-ending effort

A tide of national headlines involving school safety has dominated the national conversation the last couple months. But the leaders at Maricopa Unified School District...

History: Progress in action

This month, Desert Sunrise High School will accept its first students. It’s a milestone and a statement about the population growth in Maricopa over...

MUSD Superintendent Lopeman gets full performance pay

Maricopa Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Tracey Lopeman was awarded her full 5% performance pay by the governing board. The five-member board met for about...
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Central Arizona College hosting a registration roadshow at campuses during June and July

Central Arizona College’s Registration Roadshow kicks off on Thurs., June 23. Students are invited to attend an event at their local campus. Upcoming dates and...

City looks to alleviate school traffic on Porter

The City of Maricopa is working with public and charter schools to develop plans to alleviate traffic congestion and the blocking of roadways during...

Poll: Teachers should be able to carry a gun

In the wake of the recent mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, in which 19 grade-school children and two teachers were murdered by a gunman,...

MHS grad’s bright star grows even brighter

Haley Raffaele, a newly-minted graduate of Maricopa High and veteran of theater at the school, stole the spotlight on Saturday night. She became the first...