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Articles from December 2019

Laveen Awarded Grant Funding For Counselor, School Resource Officers

Laveen is once again a recipient of the state’s School Safety Grant providing funding for five School Resource Officers (SRO) and a counselor.

M.C. Cash, Trailside Point, Paseo Pointe, and Rogers Ranch schools will continue to have their SRO position funded; Cheatham will receive a new SRO position. Laveen School will receive funding for an additional counselor.

Based on the proposed funding level, the Laveen District will receive about $2.1 million worth of funding over the course of the three-year grant cycle. Funding and the associated positions begin in January.

The State Board of Education approved Laveen’s requests at their December 13, 2019 meeting.

 

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Kindergarten Round Up is February 4 for Students Starting in August 2020

Parents with students starting Kindergarten in August 2020 are invited to register their child during our annual Kindergarten Round Up event on Tuesday, February 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. You will also have the opportunity to meet the teachers and visit kindergarten classrooms. Children registered on this date will receive a free gift.

Kindergarten Round Up will take place at all Laveen schools with the exception of Vista del Sur, which requires an assessment prior to enrolling. Kindergartners enrolled at Paseo Pointe must be part of the Dual Language Immersion program, a 50/50 model where students spend half their day in a classroom where teaching and learning is conducted in Spanish and the other half in English. Kindergarten Round Up for the new Estrella Foothills Global Academy will take place at the Laveen Education Center, 5001 W. Dobbins.

Students may be enrolled in any of our schools regardless of where they live, space permitting. Families living outside of a particular school’s transportation zone will be responsible for providing transportation.

Please bring the following items to register your child.
* Proof of Residence (examples include: utility bill, rental agreement, mortgage statement, etc.)
* Child’s Immunization Record
* Child’s Original Birth Certificate (copies not accepted)
* Parent/Guardian’s Photo ID

Children must be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2020 to register. Children turning 5 after August 31, but by December 31, may be evaluated for early entrance in May.

Laveen offers free Full Day Kindergarten at all schools.

 

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Teacher Job Fair is March 18

The Laveen Elementary School District is hiring for the 2020-21 school year. Visit with our school administrators at our Teacher Job Fair on March 18 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Laveen Education Center, 5001 W. Dobbins.

Laveen offers a starting salary of $47,400 to first year teachers. View our salary schedule.

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Laveen Superintendent Announces Retirement. Board Appoints Assistant Superintendent as Successor

Laveen School District Superintendent, Dr. Bill Johnson, has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2020. Laveen’s Governing Board approved the retirement at their December 12 meeting.

Following the board’s approval of Dr. Johnson’s retirement, Governing Board President Jill Barragan nominated Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Dr. Jeff Sprout, as Dr. Johnson’s permanent replacement. The Governing Board unanimously approved her motion.

In a letter to the district staff, Mrs. Barragan expressed her gratitude to Dr. Johnson and reflected on his many accomplishments during his 15-year tenure with Laveen.

“It is Dr. Johnson’s leadership that has brought Laveen schools to where they are today. Laveen has implemented many successful initiatives since he joined us back in 2005. In 15 years we have seen the district grow from one that was virtually unknown outside of our immediate community to one that is widely recognized for its many achievements and innovative programs, as well as having a voice in state level policy decisions. These accomplishments take years of dedication and determination. We are fortunate to have had a superintendent that was so deeply committed to the Laveen District and community as a whole.”

Dr. Johnson has served the Laveen School District since 2005 when he was hired to fill the business manager role. In 2011 he was named Superintendent.

Under his leadership, the district has seen many changes, including:

  • The district has grown from four schools and 2,200 students to eight schools and 7,400 students
  • Classrooms have moved from chalkboard and overhead projector technology to a computing device for every student
  • Updated curriculum has been adopted in all core subject areas
  • All schools have implemented successful signature programs
  • Laveen schools have become “schools of choice” since the opening of attendance boundaries
  • Laveen has been recognized on the state and national levels for numerous programs and achievements

In his announcement to the staff, Dr. Johnson noted “It has been a great privilege to work with so many wonderful people over the past 15 years. Together we have accomplished many positive things for our schools, the students, and the community. I feel very grateful to have been a part of the important work being accomplished by our schools and school district. I know that as much as we have accomplished, there remains a tremendous potential to continue to improve, progress, and to do much good.”

Barragan cited Dr. Sprout’s experience and commitment to the Laveen District and community in her nomination. “Dr. Sprout has served our district for over six years and has been dedicated to making Laveen a great place to work for our staff in the areas of recruitment, retention, benefits, and leadership development.   He has been actively involved in the community, serving in the Laveen Lions Club and has chaired the Laveen Community Parade for four years. He has volunteered many hours in developing the Laveen Education Foundation and has supported the last several bond and override measures,” she wrote.

“I am humbled by the opportunity the Board has granted me. For almost seven years, I have enjoyed working closely with Dr. Johnson to make Laveen a great place to work and live. I look forward to working with the incredible Laveen staff as we continue to create bright futures for all Laveen students,” Dr. Sprout stated following the appointment.

Before joining Laveen, Dr. Sprout was a teacher, principal, and Director of STEM Research and Development in the Alhambra District.  He was the recipient of the Excellence in Education teaching award, Rodel Exemplary Principal Award, and, along with his staff, received the A+ School of Excellence Award.  He completed his doctoral program at Arizona State University.

“I have no doubt that Dr. Sprout will continue Dr. Johnson’s trajectory of building a successful and highly respected school district,” added Barragan.

Dr. Sprout will begin as Superintendent on July 1, 2020.

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