Flashback: Pima Butte opens doors

Pima Butte Elementary School received an "A" from the Arizona State Board of Education. [file]

In July 2005, Maricopa schools welcomed students for the first day of the new school year. Pima Butte, a new elementary school in Rancho El Dorado, opened its doors for the first time.

The school was built for $4.14 million, including furnishings. The State Facilities Board funded most of the project.

Pima Butte is the historical name for “M” Mountain, a significant landmark north of Maricopa. The school took the nickname of the Mustangs.

In its first year, the school saw an enrollment of about 440 students. It has roughly the same enrollment today.

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This content was first published in the July edition of InMaricopa magazine.