Welcome to Superintendent's Corner
Name: Barbara Hickman
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number: 928-527-6002
Welcome back to school!
Flagstaff Unified School District #1 is happy to see you here in our district
for school year 2015-2016.
Last year was an
exciting one, with many awards and academic or athletic recognitions that
validate the District’s focus on comprehensive programs. The renewal of our M
& O override through outstanding community support has allowed us to sustain
our moderate class sizes, maintain extra services including nurses at our
schools, and provide a spectrum of rich elective experiences for all students.
Despite a steady media
drumbeat of negative news about Arizona public schools, FUSD and our community
shine as examples that are bucking that trend. Our staff turnover rate was
around 7%, considerably less than the state’s average of 16%. Having a steady
workforce is good for students and for our community. Our 2015 graduation rate
was 83% and our dropout rate was 2.8%, good news when compared to the state
average of (2013) a 75% graduation rate and a dropout rate at 3.5%.
We have seen great
growth in our specialized magnet programs, and are also very proud of our
nationally ranked Career and Technical Education students and the acclaim they
earned through state and national competitions.
As we focus on the
Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards, we will continue to have all of
our 11th graders take the nationally recognized ACT college
readiness exam and all 8th graders will be taking ASPIRE, which
is the middle school version of that test. Our emphasis on access and equity is
increasing the number of students who are interested in and prepared for
Here’s to a great year
for the FUSD community,