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Posted: Sunday, March 7, 2010 6:04 pm | Updated: 3:29 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Budgeting forum for parents is Tuesday

Higley Unified School District Superintendent Denise Birdwell is holding a parent forum to discuss the district's budgeting process, how Higley schools are affected by the Arizona budget and challenges for the upcoming school year.

The forum will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 2935 S. Recker Road, Gilbert.

This forum was rescheduled from the previously canceled March 3 forum.

Information: (480) 279-7000 or

Kid's Club Spring Camp planned

The Higley district is offering a Kid's Club Spring Camp March 15-22 at Chaparral Elementary School, 3380 E. Frye Road, Gilbert.

The early deadline to sign up is Tuesday. A $10 late fee will be assessed after this date.

The cost is $30 a day, and the camp will include field trips.

Fill out an enrollment form online at or visit Higley's district office, 2935 S. Recker Road, Gilbert.

Information: (480) 279-7055.

Gilbert board to meet Tuesday

The Gilbert Unified School District governing board will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 140 S. Gilbert Road.

Board members are expected to discuss and possibly approve an early entrance screening fee and outside district hearing officers. They will also discuss first readings of several policies, including the student organizations, closed campus and graduation requirements policies.

Information: (480) 497-3300 or

Chaparral's Hunter chosen counselor of the year

Catherine Hunter, counselor at Higley's Chaparral Elementary School, was selected as the Arizona School Counselors Association 2010 Multilevel School Counselor of the Year. She will be recognized at an awards luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. March 26 at the Mesa Convention Center.

Hunter has been with the Higley Unified School District since July 2008. She previously worked for the East Valley Institute of Technology and the Department of Economic Security-Vocational Rehabilitation.

Hunter represented the state as the spokeswoman for School to Work Transition to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and Secretary of the United States Department of Education. She has developed a school-wide intervention program, called Providing Assistance for Student Success, which was presented at the Arizona School Counselor Association annual conference, the Arizona School Counselor summer academy and the Career and Technical Education annual conference.

Q.C. teacher earns economic award

Diana Friday, a teacher of gifted students in the Queen Creek Unified School District, was named the 2010 Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Society of Economic Teachers, which is part of the Arizona Council for Economic Education.

Friday received her award Feb. 20 at a banquet in Tempe for her work in economics with her students.

She works with kindergarten through sixth grade at Queen Creek and Desert Mountain elementaries, and Queen Creek Middle School. This is her fourth year working in Queen Creek.

Chaparral teacher awarded grant

The Higley Education Foundation awarded a Gail Stapleton Teacher Mini-Grant to Kim Kucharski, a first-grade teacher at Chaparral Elementary School in the Higley Unified School District. Kucharski received the $300 grant Feb. 18 through a drawing from the foundation's payroll deduction participants in the district. She plans to use the money to purchase a Listening Learning Center for her classroom.

This is the first grant given out since it was renamed in honor of Stapleton, a teacher at Higley and Williams Field high schools who died of complications from the H1N1 flu virus in fall 2009.

For more information about the Higley Education Foundation, call board president Mark Swisher, at (480) 235-5857.

To submit a Gilbert and Queen Creek school item, e-mail information to Hayley Ringle at

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