Superintendent Dr. Tracey Lopeman of the Maricopa Unified School District expressed her gratitude to the Governing Board after they extended her contract until 2026.

“It has been an honor to collaborate with them and such a passionate team of educators over the last five years,” she said.

MUSD serves about 8,800 students spread across six elementary schools, two middle schools and now, two high schools with the addition of Desert Sunrise last year.

Throughout her tenure, Lopeman and her team have worked to increase teacher retention rates, student enrollment and foster academic growth.

This year, salaries increased by 5% district-wide and a projected $2.2 million will be allocated toward teacher raises next fiscal year.

Looking ahead at the 2023-2024 school year, the district expects to grow by about 800 students. To accommodate for the growth, the district is adding seven portable classrooms as part of its long-term plan.

Other recent initiatives will include the ongoing work study, prioritizing student discipline and campus safety by reviewing policies, increasing school security and adding school counselors.

Lopeman anticipates even more growth and looks to establish MUSD as the first choice for K-12 education in Maricopa.

“The extension of my contract is an acknowledgement that we are on the right track,” Lopeman added. “We have gained momentum and I look forward to achieving new heights.”