Cartwright Elementary School District, Arizona

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Cartwright Elementary School District
Phoenix, Arizona
Cartwright Elementary School District logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Jacob A. Chávez
Number of schools:20
Budget: $168.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Steve Gallardo
Board members:5 at-large
Term length:4 years
Cartwright Elementary School District is a school district in Arizona. In the 2011-2012 school year, Cartwright Elementary School District was the 12th-largest school district in Arizona and served 18,359 students.[1]

About the district

Cartwright Elementary School District is located in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Cartwright Elementary School District is located in southwestern Arizona 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.[2]


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.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2013[2]
Race Maricopa County (%) Arizona (%)
White 84.7 84.0
Black or African American 5.7 4.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.7 5.3
Asian 4.0 3.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.3
Two or More Races 2.7 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 30.0 30.3

Presidential Voting Pattern, Maricopa County[3][4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 602,288 749,885
2008 602,166 746,448
2004 504,849 679,455
2000 386,683 479,967

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[5]


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.[6]

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.[6]

School board

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

See also: Cartwright Elementary School District elections (2014)

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.[7] 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.[8]

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:

~ Any individual desiring to address the Board shall complete a form (Request to Address Board) and give this form to the Superintendent prior to the start of the Board meeting.
~ The Board President shall be responsible for recognizing speakers, maintaining proper order, and adhering to any time limit set. Questions of fact asked by the public shall, when appropriate, be answered by the President or referred to the Superintendent for reply. Questions requiring investigation shall be referred to the Superintendent for later report to the Board. Questions or comments on matters that are currently under legal review will not receive a response.
~ If considered necessary, the President shall set a time limit on the length of the comment period. In order to ensure that each individual has an opportunity to address the Board, the President may also set a time limit for individual speakers.
~ Members of the public may be recognized by the President to assist the Board with information for the conduct of its official business.
~ Personal attacks upon Board members, staff personnel, or other persons in attendance or absent by individuals who address the Board are discouraged. Presenters are cautioned that statements or representations concerning others that convey an unjustly unfavorable impression may subject the presenter to civil action for defamation. Policies KE, KEB, KEC, and KED are provided by the Board for disposition of legitimate complaints, including those involving individuals. Upon conclusion of the open call to the public, individual members of the Board may respond to any criticism made by an individual who has addressed the Board.

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.[9]

—Cartwright Elementary School District, (2013)[10]


The table below displays the budget for Cartwright Elementary School District:[11][12]

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
2013-2014 $81,988,131 46% $0 0% $49,403,091 27.7% $1,955,018 1.1% $44,920,427 25.2% $178,266,667
2014-2015 $87,598,255 52.1% $0 0% $72,458,152 43.1% $2,265,000 1.3% $5,734,000 3.4% $168,055,407
Averages: $84,793,193 49% $0 0% $60,930,621.5 35% $2,110,009 1% $25,327,213.5 15% $173,161,037

Teacher salaries

Cartwright Elementary School District employs approximately 2,600 people including over 1,000 teachers.[13] 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:[14]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 35,067 37,219
B.A. + 15 36,138 38,360
B.A. + 30 37,208 39,491
B.A. + 45 38,279 40,622
M.A. 39,350 43,026
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
Doctoral 45,773 50,046

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.[1]

District schools

Cartwright Elementary School District operates 20 schools listed below in alphabetical order:

Cartwright Elementary School District
School Name
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

Academic performance

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:[15]

  • 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:[16]

A-F Letter Grade Results
Category 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013
Growth 55 54 58
Composite 66 67 73
Total 121 121 131
Grade B B B

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:[17]

AIMS Results, 2013-2014
Grade Math Reading
Far below expectations (%) Approaching expectations (%) Meets expectations (%) Exceeds expectations (%) Far below expectations (%) Approaching expectations (%) Meets expectations (%) Exceeds expectations (%)
3 11 26 45 19 4 26 65 5
4 21 26 35 18 2 33 62 3
5 15 23 46 16 5 22 68 5
6 19 23 41 17 4 26 67 3
7 20 24 41 16 1 20 73 6
8 36 17 33 13 14 31 54 1

Contact information

Cartwright Elementary School District logo.jpg

Cartwright Elementary School District
3401 N. 67th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85033-4599
Phone: 623-691-4000

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  1. 1.0 1.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed June 17, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 United States Census Bureau, "Maricopa County, Arizona, Quick Facts," accessed August 18, 2014
  3. Maricopa County Recorder, "Maricopa County Election Results Archives," accessed August 18, 2014
  4. Arizona Secretary of State, "Official Canvas of Votes for 2000 General Election," November 27, 2000
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 Cartwright Elementary School District, "Superintendent," accessed November 13, 2014
  7. Arizona School Board Association Manuals, "Arizona Education Laws and Rules Annotated," accessed August 18, 2014
  8. Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, "FORMAL MEETING SUMMARY, Wednesday, September 10, 2014," accessed September 18, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. ASBA: Cartwright Policy Manual, "BEDH © Public Participation at Board Meetings," February 27, 2013
  11. Cartwright Elementary School District, "Comprehensive Annual Financial Report: Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2013," November 18, 2013
  12. Arizona Department of Education, "Summary of School District Proposed Budget," accessed December 9, 2014
  13. Cartwright Elementary School District, "About Us," accessed November 13, 2014
  14. Cartwright Elementary School District, "CARTWRIGHT SCHOOL DISTRICT PROPOSED CERTIFIED SALARY SCHEDULE FOR 2014-15," April 23, 2014
  15. Arizona Department of Education, "A-F Letter Grades Guide for Parents," July 30, 2013
  16. Arizona Department of Education, "A-F Letter Grade Accountability," accessed November 13, 2014
  17. Arizona Department of Education, "AIMS Assessment Results," accessed April 22, 2014