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Sun, Sept. 19

Letter to the editor: school focusing on academic achievement

Grand Canyon School. File photo

Grand Canyon School. File photo

Grand Canyon community and parents:

On August 17th all K­-12 students return to the Grand Canyon Unified School. The school is smiling because we know every child is going to have an outstanding year with us. Life is good at Grand Canyon Unified School District because we are going to be focused on academic achievement.

We are offering a few new classes including elementary Music (Deb Goepfrich), Gifted Education (Amy McBroom), English Language Learners (Cyndi Moreno), and expanding Spanish offerings (Terry Tobin). High school students will have the opportunity to take more than five college offerings that will apply for high school graduation and college credit towards a college diploma.

Head Start, a federally funded program for three and four year old children, was approved and will begin classes in the late fall. This free educational program for our children is currently accepting applications from parents. The federal government has specific requirements that families must meet in order for the children to attend. It will be offered on our campus.

Financially, the district is in good stead. We worked the entire 2014­-2015 school year recovering State and Federal funds from past years 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and feverishly are writing grant requests for the fiscal year 2015-­2016.

We are so pleased to share with you that we have been able to recover the following money:

Federal Impact Funds

2011-­2012 ­ $76,000.00

2013-­2014 $583,737.80 ­ More to come.

2015-­2016 ­ First payment, October 2015 ­ $250,000.00, second payment, spring 2016 ­ $330,000.00, Last payment amount to be determined by the federal government late spring of 2016.

State Grants

2013 ­ $36,621.00

2014 ­ $142,451.50

2015 ­ $145,003.85

Current Year

2015-2016­ $131,881.46 ­ With more to come.

The state grants in which we have received funds include IDEA Basic (Sped), Title I, Title II, Title III, SEI, IDEA Preschool (Sped) and Vocational Education. Property taxes are used for the general operations of the school in providing day-by-day funding needs. The recovered grant funds can only be used for specific areas such as staff development, summer school or after school programs.

The district is still working to recover grant funds and writing new grants. We will keep you posted. We are thankful for the hard work of many.

Lastly, we have a new set of school site administrators. Dr. Javier Abrego (fondly known as Dr. J) was promoted from assistant principal to principal. Tom Rowland was hired for the assistant principal position. Dr. Shonny Bria (fondly known as Shonny) was awarded a continuing three year contract and is beginning her second year as Superintendent. Please drop by and meet the administration. Their door is open to you.

Thank you for taking the time to read our update. Please know we welcome all visitors and we can be reached by calling the Grand Canyon Unified School at (928) 638-­2461 ext. 200 or the district office at (928) 638­-2461 ext. 400.

Grand Canyon School Board President

Kevin Hartigan

Grand Canyon School Superintendent

Shonny Bria, Ph.D.

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