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Posted: Saturday, August 23, 2008 8:37 pm | Updated: 9:10 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Budget override meeting

The Higley Education Association hosts an override election meeting at 7 p.m. Monday  at the Power Ranch Clubhouse, 4444 Haven Crest Drive, Gilbert.

Budget override meeting

The Higley Education Association hosts an override election meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Power Ranch Clubhouse, 4444 Haven Crest Drive, Gilbert.

The Higley Unified School District governing board is asking voters in November to renew an existing $4.85 million maintenance and operations budget override.

The override, which has been in place since 1994, needs voter approval this year so the district can continue receiving the money. If the override is not renewed, the district would have to start cutting the $4.85 million over the next three years from its budget.

The maintenance and operations fund pays for the majority of instructional costs, all student transportation costs, general upkeep of district facilities and district administration and support, said Mark Busch, the district’s executive director of budget and finance.

The extra money the district receives from the override allows Higley to maintain programs, class sizes and supplies, and competitive salaries, Busch said.

Information: (480) 250-8820 or e-mail

Gilbert school board meets

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

At the 6:30 p.m. work study session, the board will discuss student enrollment at nonboundaried schools or nonboundaried programs within schools.

The board will then continue to the regular meeting at 7 p.m., when it is scheduled to approve the 2008-09 administrative handbook and appoint a board member to serve on the Superintendent’s Policy Committee.

To see the agenda, visit

Information: (480) 497-3300.

Higley school board meets

The Higley Unified School District governing board will meet Thursday at the district office, 2935 S. Recker Road, Gilbert.

A study session is planned about 6:15 p.m. to talk about possible land opportunities for purchase. The study session will begin after the board meets in a closed executive session.

The regular board meeting will follow the study session, about 7 p.m.

To see the agenda, visit

Information: (480) 279-7000.

Meeting to cover bus issues

Chaparral Elementary School will host a community meeting to talk about bus issues at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at the school, 3380 E. Frye Road, Gilbert.

The Higley Unified School District decided to continue busing 84 Chaparral Estates West students to school, at least until Oct. 3, after several parents complained when the district originally decided to stop bus service without informing them.

The town put in lights and crosswalks at Higley and Frye roads, and the district put crossing guards at the intersection. However, parents said the road is still too busy for students to cross safely. District staff and a town representative are expected to talk about safe routes to school and construction updates for the area.

Information: (480) 279-7900.

Best teacher sought

Nominations for outstanding teachers are being sought for the ninth annual Fulton Homes Teacher of the Week program.

Each week of the school year, one Valley teacher will be named teacher of the week. The winning teacher is surprised by KNIX (102.5 FM) radio personality Carolyn Coffey, who presents the award. The teacher is also featured on the “Ben and Matt Morning Show” and presented with a prize pack and $300.

One teacher will win the teacher of the year title and $1,000 in June 2009.

To nominate a teacher, visit or

Nominate your teacher

In honor of Childsplay’s upcoming production of “Miss Nelson Is Missing!,” grade school students in the Valley can nominate their favorite teacher to win a prize.

Each week in September, Childsplay will randomly pick five nominations from the entries.

The winners will receive a four-pack of tickets to see “Miss Nelson Is Missing!” at Tempe Center for the Arts. One grand prize winner will be selected in October and that teacher will win a field trip for the class to any show in Childsplay’s 2008-09 season.

Students can nominate a teacher at

School briefs are printed every Sunday. To submit an item, e-mail the pertinent information to at least a week before the event. For more information, call Hayley Ringle at (480) 898-6301.

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