Cartwright Elementary School District, Arizona
|Cartwright Elementary School District|
|Superintendent:||Dr. Jacob A. Chávez|
|Number of schools:||20|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Steve Gallardo|
|Board members:||5 at-large|
|Term length:||4 years|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Cartwright Elementary School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtArizona in Maricopa County. Phoenix is its county seat and the state capital. It is also the largest city in Arizona. In 2013, Maricopa County was home to 4,009,412 residents according to United States Census Bureau estimates.
Maricopa County overperformed compared to the rest of Arizona in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.5 percent of Maricopa County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.6 percent for Arizona as a whole. The median household income for the county was $54,385 compared to $50,256 statewide. The poverty rate in Maricopa County was 15.8 percent compared to 17.2 percent statewide.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
The superintendent of Cartwright Elementary School District is Dr. Jacob A. Chávez. He served as the interim superintendent from January 2011 until April 28, 2011, when the governing board appointed him to the position. He is also a member of the School-Based Health Centers Board and the Maryvale Community Council.
Prior to serving as the interim superintendent, Chávez was the Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services for the district from 2008 to 2011. He has also worked as the district's Director of Federal Projects and Grant Development. Before coming to the Cartwright school district, he worked as a principal in the Tempe Elementary School District and as a principal and assistant principal in the Isaac School District.
Cartwright Elementary School District is overseen by a governing board comprised of five nonpartisan members who are elected at-large to four-year terms.
|Governing Board of Cartwright School District|
|Member||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
|John Gómez||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|Denice Garcia||January 1, 2013||December 31, 2016|
|Rosa Cantu||January 1, 2003||December 31, 2016|
|Pedro Lopez||January 1, 2013||December 31, 2016|
|Lydia Hernandez||March 2009||December 31, 2018|
School board elections
Members of the Governing Board of Cartwright School District are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis, which means two or three seats are up for regular general election every two years. In order to run for the board, candidates are required to submit nominating petitions signed by qualified electors totaling 0.5 percent of the total voter registration in the school district to the county school superintendent. According to Arizona Revised Statute § 15-424(D), elections can be canceled for governing board positions in which only one person files a nomination petition or as a write-in candidate.
Two seats were up for election in the general election on November 4, 2014, and three seats will be up for election in 2016.
Public participation in board meetings
The Governing Board of Cartwright School District maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:
|“||All regular and special meetings of the Board shall be open to the public.
The Board invites the viewpoints of citizens throughout the District, and considers the responsible presentation of these viewpoints vital to the efficient operation of the District. The Board also recognizes its responsibility for the proper governance of the schools and therefore the need to conduct its business in an orderly and efficient manner. The Board therefore establishes the following procedures to receive input from citizens of the District:
The Superintendent shall ensure that a copy of this policy is posted at the entrance to the Board meeting room, and that an adequate supply of forms is available.
—Cartwright Elementary School District, (2013)
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Cartwright Elementary School District employs approximately 2,600 people including over 1,000 teachers. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at credit intervals. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule proposed for all certified salary staff for the 2014-2015 school year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|B.A. + 15||36,138||38,360|
|B.A. + 30||37,208||39,491|
|B.A. + 45||38,279||40,622|
|M.A. + 15||40,420||44,198|
|M.A. + 30||41,491||45,369|
|M.A. + 45||42,561||46,541|
|M.A. + 60||43,632||47,702|
|M.A. + 75/EDS 15||44,703||48,884|
Schools in Cartwright Elementary School District
Cartwright Elementary School District served 18,359 students in the 2011-2012 school year. The district does not publicly archive enrollment data.
Cartwright Elementary School District operates 20 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Cartwright Elementary School District|
|Bret R. Tarver Elementary School|
|Cartwright Elementary School|
|C.W. Harris Elementary School|
|Desert Sands Middle School|
|Estrella Middle School|
|Frank Borman Elementary School|
|G. Frank Davidson Elementary School|
|Gleen L. Downs Elementary School|
|Heatherbrae Elementary School|
|Holiday Park Elementary School|
|John F. Long Elementary School|
|Justin Spitalny Elementary School|
|Manuel Peña Jr. Elementary School|
|Marc T. Atkinson Middle School|
|Palm Lane Elementary School|
|Peralta Elementary School|
|Raúl H. Castro Middle School|
|Starlight Park Elementary School|
|Sunset Elementary School|
|Tomahawk Elementary School|
The Arizona Department of Education publishes annual assessments of school district performance as part of the A-F Letter Grade System. This annual report assigns a report card grade from A to F based on the accumulation of growth and composite points described below:
- Growth points: This points category divides evenly between state test scores for all students and state test scores for students in the bottom 25 percent of performers. A total of 100 points are possible.
- Composite points: This points category scores district performance on criteria including number of English Language Learners (ELL) in the district, dropout rates and graduation rates. A total of 109 points are possible.
The district received a B in the A-F Letter Grade System in the 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years. The table below compares the district's results in those school years:
|A-F Letter Grade Results|
The state also conducts Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) for students in grades three through eight as well as high school students. Students complete AIMS testing in math and reading each year with writing exams issued for grades five through seven and high school. Annual AIMS results are compared to state standards with percentages for students performing far below, approaching, meeting and exceeding expectations. The following table details AIMS results for the school district in math and reading for grades three through eight during the 2013-2014 school year:
|AIMS Results, 2013-2014|
|Far below expectations (%)||Approaching expectations (%)||Meets expectations (%)||Exceeds expectations (%)||Far below expectations (%)||Approaching expectations (%)||Meets expectations (%)||Exceeds expectations (%)|
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- Maricopa County, Arizona
- Arizona Department of Education
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- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed June 17, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Maricopa County, Arizona, Quick Facts," accessed August 18, 2014
- Maricopa County Recorder, "Maricopa County Election Results Archives," accessed August 18, 2014
- Arizona Secretary of State, "Official Canvas of Votes for 2000 General Election," November 27, 2000
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Cartwright Elementary School District, "Superintendent," accessed November 13, 2014
- Arizona School Board Association Manuals, "Arizona Education Laws and Rules Annotated," accessed August 18, 2014
- Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, "FORMAL MEETING SUMMARY, Wednesday, September 10, 2014," accessed September 18, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- ASBA: Cartwright Policy Manual, "BEDH © Public Participation at Board Meetings," February 27, 2013
- Cartwright Elementary School District, "Comprehensive Annual Financial Report: Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2013," November 18, 2013
- Arizona Department of Education, "Summary of School District Proposed Budget," accessed December 9, 2014
- Cartwright Elementary School District, "About Us," accessed November 13, 2014
- Cartwright Elementary School District, "CARTWRIGHT SCHOOL DISTRICT PROPOSED CERTIFIED SALARY SCHEDULE FOR 2014-15," April 23, 2014
- Arizona Department of Education, "A-F Letter Grades Guide for Parents," July 30, 2013
- Arizona Department of Education, "A-F Letter Grade Accountability," accessed November 13, 2014
- Arizona Department of Education, "AIMS Assessment Results," accessed April 22, 2014