Welcome to Flagstaff Unified School District Number One!
I’m excited to welcome you to the 2012-2013 school year, and pleased to share some of our many successes with you. Perhaps our biggest news is that FUSD Number One as a whole has earned a B letter grade on the Arizona Department of Education Achievement Profiles. This recognizes our above average school district and validates our focus on student achievement and growth. In addition to the district’s increase, I would like to highlight some stand out improvements: three elementary schools increased to a B ranking, Cromer, Puente de Hozho, and Killip. Two schools maintained their A ranking: Flagstaff High School and Sechrist Elementary, and Christensen New Start School moved from a D to a C.
We experienced great success in academic competitions including the CHS CocoNuts once again traveling to world championship and chess teams from both Killip and Sinagua Middle School placing on the state and national stage. Coconino High School’s Symphonic Band was given a Superior with Distinction rating and was invited to perform at the Arizona Music Association Convention. In addition, eight band members from both high schools were invited to represent Flagstaff in the Arizona All-State Band and two Flagstaff High School Choir members were invited to represent Flagstaff in the Arizona All-State Choir. We welcome the Pre-AP and AP academies to our program choices this year, joining MITe, CIT, Alpine Preparatory, Alpine Leadership and Puente de Hozho at the secondary level.
In good news about our community partnerships, we were delighted to accept a 1 million dollar donation from Flagstaff Medical Center that is helping us greatly expand students’ access to nutrition and fitness while still protecting important academic instructional time. Other community grants include collaboration with Grand Canyon Youth, Friends of Camp Colton, Willow Bend, the Flagstaff Community Foundation, the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Skills for Workplace Success and many more.
Our Governing Board has approved a balanced budget of $77,150,000 for the 2012-2013 school year. This budget is 5.5 million dollars less than the 2011-2012 fiscal year and 12 million dollars less than the 2010-11 fiscal year. Despite the smaller budget, FUSD was awarded an A 1 bond rating from Moody’s and an A + bond rating from Standard and Poor’s due to “sound and prudent fiscal planning”. FUSD is audited annually by independent auditors and for both FY 2010 and FY 2011 those audits have reflected a high rate of compliance and transparency. The FY 2012 audit will be completed by December 2012 and preliminary indications are that the District will again reach the same high standards. We have also been out in front of developing a new evaluation system that brings us into alignment with SB 1040, using student academic growth as a part of the teacher and principal evaluation process. FUSD was asked by the Arizona Department of Education to present our work at a state wide conference and we will be piloting the program during this school year to help other school districts in the state.
On November 6, 2012, the voters of the Flagstaff Unified School District will have an opportunity to vote on a capital bond for the primary purposes of facilities, student technology and student transportation equipment. Factual information about the 2012 bond election can be found on the front page of this website and additional finace information in on the Finance/Business Office page.
FUSD has a great future and exciting opportunities will continue to come our way. We are delighted that you have chosen our District for your family and we look forward to an outstanding academic relationship focused upon achievement, growth, community and partnership throughout the coming year.