School board to hear updates Wednesday on transportation, staff, MES


Maricopa Unified School District’s governing board will meet Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. at the district office administration building, 44150 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy.

In addition to approving vouchers and personnel, board members will hear a report on district transportation, including the temporary staged busing areas for high school and Maricopa Wells Middle School students located within the walk radius to the north of the railroad tracks. The busing areas were established Aug. 4 by the district in response to parent concerns about children’s safety en route to and from schools.

District human resources director Tom Beckett will provide a hiring and staffing update. The recent Turnaround Program grant from the Ak-Chin Indian Community specifies 38 new district positions for one-year contracts. In addition, a newly passed federal bill may mean additional teachers for MUSD.

The final report to the governing board will be on the status of Maricopa Elementary School, one of the schools involved in the Turnaround Project, which has not met AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) since the 2006-07 school year. Bonnie Gibson recently left the principal’s post to become part of the district’s curriculum department. Former assistant principal Rachele Reese is the new interim principal at Maricopa Elementary.

Also on the governing board’s agenda is the final reading of the energy management policy, which was first presented to the board in June. A review of energy management regulation is also on the agenda for board approval.

To see the complete agenda for the meeting, click here.

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