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Arizona Auditor General District Spending Report
On March 1, 2017, the Arizona Auditor General released the annual District Spending Report for Fiscal Year 2016. The report shows the spending of districts by operational area, as well as the financial stress assessment of the district, results of student assessments and other areas of measurement.
The Higley Unified School District was reported a spending "very low to comparable" to peer districts in a majority of areas. In addition, the district was rated as "low" in overall financial stress. A five-year trend shows a drop in administrative cost per public and an increase in classroom dollars.
The district has grown from 675 students in Fiscal Year 2001 to 11,356 students in Fiscal Year 2016.
The Higley report can be found online at the Auditor General's district report site.
The full report can be found online at the Auditor General's full reporting site.
Governing Board approves salary increases
The HUSD Governing Board approved a 2 percent salary increase for staff during a meeting Wednesday, March 8. The 2 percent salary increase will be reflected in base salaries when contracts and work agreements are issued for the 2017-18 school year.
District, school offices closed for spring break
The Higley Unified School District main office and all school offices will be closed Monday, March 13, through Friday, March 24.
All offices will reopen Monday, March 27
Classes will resume Tuesday, March 28.
Families can reach Kids Club/Spring Break camp at Centennial Elementary at 480.318.1963 beginning Monday, March 13.
Curriculum review now open for public comment
The Higley Unified School District is excited to adopt a new K-12 English Language Arts curriculum, which will be introduced to students in the 2017-18 school year. These materials will support our teachers in teaching the state standards in reading and language arts, as well as provide materials to support students at all levels of instruction. Our teachers will no longer need to spend valuable time finding support materials, but can instead spend their time choosing which available materials are appropriate to teach each child. A districtwide committee met this year to review materials from three national publishing companies and selected the publisher it felt best met the needs of the district’s teachers and students. As per Board policy, these materials are now on display for 60 days in the district office for parents and community members to view. If you are interested in viewing these materials and providing your feedback, please come to the district office at 2935 S. Recker during regular office hours. Materials will be available for review until April 14. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Warren Shillingburg, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services, at (480) 279.7014.
Higley Program for Accelerated Learning information meetings
Bridges Elementary provides an exemplary educational opportunity designed for gifted and talented students in grades 3-6. Higley’s Program for Accelerated Learning (HPAL) joins identified gifted and high achieving students with a platform aimed to take them to a deeper more rigorous way of thinking. Each grade level’s accelerated curriculum is designed to challenge students through differentiated instruction. Specially trained teachers will guide students at an accelerated pace, employing innovative project-based learning techniques that emphasize the use of cutting-edge technology. Students will be prepared for accelerated pathways in both middle school and high school.
8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Feb. 23, March 9, March 30, April 20
Higley Preschool Enrollment Nights
See how Higley's certified, early childhood teachers bring learning and discovery together in a loving, safe environment. Programs are available for children ages 3-5.
6 p.m. March 28, Sossaman Early Childhood Development Center, 18655 E. Jacaranda Blvd., Queen Creek
6 p.m. March 30, Cooley Early Childhood Development Center, 1100 S. Recker Road, Gilbert, 85296
Preschool Online Information
Specialized programs 2017: Spanish, Mandarin & Highly Gifted Classrooms