HUSD Important Update - July 22, 2021
Today, the Higley Unified School District was contacted by the Office of the Auditor General regarding the publication of its investigation pertaining to the construction of two projects in the District from May 2012 to April 2016. The District cooperated fully with the investigating authorities during this process.
The District was informed that a criminal indictment may be pending for a previous administrator as well as other individuals. The District does not have any further information regarding the investigation other than the information outlined in the Auditor General’s report and cannot speak to any pending allegations.
As a District, prior to this report being released, our team has been working to ensure that our processes and procedures meet all applicable state and federal regulations. Under new leadership, the District has been diligently working with experts in these areas to align all practices to meet state and federal compliance. This includes trainings on appropriate and inappropriate usage of funds, required annual conflict of interest forms for all HUSD employees, and appropriate procurement procedures. According to the District’s most recent audit for fiscal year 2020, there have been no material findings in the areas of procurement and compliance set forth by the Uniform System of Financial Records for Arizona School Districts.
The District will carefully review all findings in the report to make sure that it has brought its current practices into alignment with applicable requirements. Our entire leadership team is confident that with staff’s commitment to adhere to the current procedures and policies already in place, the issues raised in the report will not be repeated.
July 21, 2021
Welcome Back, Higley!
We hope that you had a relaxing summer break. We are so excited to welcome all of our students and families to this new academic year.
We have spent the summer planning and preparing for our students to return to the classroom, and we are eagerly awaiting the first day of school, which is on Monday, July 26th.
As we embark on this new school year, we have so many exciting projects ahead of us to expand student learning and success. Below are a few updates and reminders for this coming year:
Strategic Plan & Portrait of a Graduate
This year, we will be updating HUSD’s strategic plan and our portrait of a graduate by determining our District’s goals and priorities for the upcoming years. Additionally, we will focus on the social and emotional well-being of our students and employees.
Updated Parent Contact Information
To make sure that we can get in touch with you about on-campus events or emergencies, please log in to ParentVUE and go to “My Account” to ensure that we have your current email address and phone numbers.
If one of the phone numbers is a cell phone, please indicate that as well, so we can send you a text message in the event of an emergency. If you do not have a ParentVUE account or need assistance accessing your account, please contact your student’s school so that we can assist you with this process.
Our HUSD app gives you personalized news and information about what is happening across our District and our schools. Please download the app today on Google Play or the App Store.
In November, registered voters living within Higley Unified School District boundaries will decide on a proposed $95 million dollar bond. This bond will allow the District to continue emphasizing technology, building safety, security, and providing funds for major maintenance and construction projects. Additionally, the proposed bond may enable the District to shift lease payments from the capital budget to bond, potentially saving the taxpayers an estimated $21.7 million. We encourage our community to learn more about this bond by visiting our website.
Don’t forget to register for Kids Club! The registration software for Community Ed has changed to a new and improved mobile-friendly software. Click here to register.
Again, welcome back to school! Our HUSD team looks forward to working with your children and continuing the outstanding work within our school district. This is going to be a great school year!
Dawn A. Foley, Ph.D.
Student Schedules will be available in ParentVUE and StudentVUE at the following times:
We are excited to announce that we are moving digital this year with the Student Code of Conduct, Bus Rider Privileges Acknowledgement, and Technology Acceptable Use Agreement Forms.
Upon signing in to ParentVUE or StudentVUE starting 7/14 parents, guardians, and students will be required to acknowledge all three forms.
To be considered completed in grades 6th-12th both a parent or guardian and the student must acknowledge all forms. For grades KG-5th, only the parent or guardian is required to complete the acknowledgement.
Paper copies are available in the school offices if preferred.
We want to make sure that we can get in touch with you about on-campus events or emergency situations. Please log in to ParentVUE and go to My Account and ensure that we have your current email address and phone numbers.
If one of the phone numbers is a cell phone, please indicate that as well, so we can send you a text message in the event of an emergency.
If you do not have a ParentVUE account or need assistance accessing your account, please contact your student’s school.
Required: New Community Ed Online Registration Portal, Create Your Account Today
Our online registration software for Community Education is changing! Starting July 1, we will be implementing a new and improved mobile-friendly software that will allow families to easily find what they’re looking for simply by browsing and searching. For a smooth transition, we are encouraging families to create their account today.
For instructions on creating your account, please click here.
Enroll Now for the 2021-2022 School Year!
Higley Unified School District is now accepting enrollment applications for the 2021-2022 school year through the Online Enrollment system.
Online Enrollment allows families to complete all registration and/or open enrollment forms and add photographed or scanned documentation (including proof of residency and birth certificates). Users can save the document in process, step away, and return when they have gathered everything that is needed.
Families will be prompted to use a ParentVUE login or create a new ParentVUE account.
Families will be contacted on a business day within 48 hours. If you have further questions, please contact your school.
A select group of cadets from three high schools in the Valley came together for a 5-day leadership development camp over the summer break.
Surrounded by family, friends, classmates, and staff, 497 graduates cheered as they received their high school diplomas on May 26th.