Chandler Unified School District, Arizona

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Chandler Unified School District
Chandler, Arizona
Chandler Unified School District logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Camille Casteel
Graduation rate:92.3%[1]
Number of schools:41
Budget: $371.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Robert "Bob" Rice
Board members:5 at-large
Term length:4 years
Chandler Unified School District is a school district in Arizona. In the 2011-2012 school year, Chandler Unified School District was the third largest school district in Arizona and served 39,555 students.[2]

About the district

Chandler Unified School District is located in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Chandler Unified School District is located in the city of Chandler, which lies in southwestern Arizona in Maricopa County. Phoenix is the 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.[3]


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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
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[4][5]
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: 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.[6]


The superintendent of Chandler Unified School District is Dr. Camille Casteell. She became superintendent in 1996. She has worked in the district for 43 years including as a teacher, curriculum specialist, principal and assistant superintendent.[7]

Casteell attended elementary school in the Creighton Elementary School District and graduated from North Phoenix High School in the Phoenix Union High School District. She earned her administrative certification in addition to her B.A. and M.A. in elementary education from Arizona State University.[7]

School board

Chandler Unified 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
Barb Mozdzen January 1, 2009 December 31, 2016
David Evans January 1, 2001 December 31, 2016
Karen McGee July 26, 2010 December 31, 2016
Robert "Bob" Rice January 1, 2003 December 31, 2018
Annette Auxier January 1, 1999 December 31, 2018

School board elections

See also: Chandler Unified School District elections (2014)

Members of the Chandler Unified School District Governing Board 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. Terms won at regular general elections begin on the following January 1.[8]

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.[9]

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 Chandler Unified School District Governing Board 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.[10]

—Chandler Unified School District, (2008), [11]


The table below displays the budget for Chandler Unified School District:[12][13]

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 $210,717,160 63.5% $55,945,751 16.8% $20,500,000 6.2% $26,069,944 7.9% $18,404,552 5.5% $332,025,619
2014-2015 $167,747,922 45.2% $40,984,955 11% $30,754,960 8.3% $27,497,661 7.4% $104,543,011 28.1% $371,528,509
Averages: $189,232,541 54% $48,465,353 14% $25,627,480 7% $26,783,802.5 8% $61,473,781.5 17% $351,777,064

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries in Chandler Unified School District are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. When first hired, the base salary of certified staff members is determined by the years of experience in education a teacher has. The following chart outlines the annual base entry salary based on prior work experience:[14]

Annual Base Entry Salary Based on Experience
Years of experience Annual Base Entry Salary
Less than two years $37,000
Two years $37,600
Three years $38,200
Four years $38,800
Five years $39,400
Six years $40,000

New teachers can also received $65 per semester hour of graduate level university credits in education-related areas, $1,000 for their first advanced degree (either an M.A. or a Ph.D.) in education-related areas and $500 for advanced degrees beyond the first.[14]

The top base pay for all teachers is $75,834. In additionally, teachers can earn $2,400 in performance pay. There are also incentives for professional development, including $50 for in-district credit, $70 for university credit and $80 for district-initiated credit.[14]

Schools in Chandler Unified School District


Chandler Unified School District served 39,555 students in the 2011-2012 school year. The district does not publicly archive enrollment data.[2]

District schools

Chandler Unified School District operates 41 schools listed below in alphabetical order:

Cartwright Elementary School District
School Name
Anna Marie Jacobson Elementary School
Arizona College Prep Erie Campus
Arizona College Prep Oakland Campus
Audrey & Robert Ryan Elementary
Basha Elementary
Basha High School
Bogle Junior High School
Chandler High School
Chandler Online Academy
Chandler Traditional Academy - Goodman
Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence
Chandler Traditional Academy - Liberty Campus
Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom
Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey
Charlotte Patterson Elementary
Dr. Howard K Conley Elementary School
Frye Elementary School
Galveston Elementary School
Haley Elementary
Hamilton High School
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary
Ira A. Fulton Elementary
Jane D. Hull Elementary
John & Carol Carlson Elementary
John M. Andersen Elementary School
John M. Andersen Junior High School
Knox Gifted Academy
Navarrete Elementary
Perry High School
Riggs Elementary
Robert and Danell Tarwater Elementary
Rudy G. Bologna Elementary
San Marcos Elementary School
Sanborn Elementary School
Santan Elementary
Santan Junior High School
Shumway Elementary School
T. Dale Hancock Elementary School
Weinberg Elementary School
Willie & Coy Payne Junior High
Willis Junior High 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 an A 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 53 57 56
Composite 90 92 92
Total 143 149 148
Grade A A A

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 district in math and reading for grades three through eight during the 2013-2014 school year:[17]

AIMS Results, 2013-2014
Grade/Cohort year Math Reading
Far below expectations (%) Approaching expectations (%) Meets expectations (%) Exceeds expectations (%) Far below expectations (%) Approaching expectations (%) Meets expectations (%) Exceeds expectations (%)
3 5 14 39 42 1 11 69 18
4 10 16 40 35 1 13 71 15
5 10 15 46 29 1 11 71 17
6 8 15 38 39 1 8 76 15
7 9 15 38 39 * * 76 17
8 17 11 37 35 5 15 73 7
2003 * * * * * * * *
2012 * * * *
2013 * * * *
2014 44 27 28 1 * * 57 7
2015 30 27 37 6 1 31 51 17
2016 8 8 46 38 * * 72 22
*These numbers are under 11 and are not reported per the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

Contact information

Chandler Unified School District logo.png
Chandler Unified School District
1525 West Frye Road
Chandler, AZ 85224
Phone: 480-812-7000
Fax: 480-224-9128

See also

External links

Suggest a link


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  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed June 17, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Maricopa County, Arizona, Quick Facts," accessed August 18, 2014
  4. Maricopa County Recorder, "Maricopa County Election Results Archives," accessed August 18, 2014
  5. Arizona Secretary of State, "Official Canvas of Votes for 2000 General Election," November 27, 2000
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 Chandler Unified School District, "Our Superintendent," accessed November 13, 2014
  8. Arizona School Board Association Manuals, "Arizona Education Laws and Rules Annotated," accessed August 18, 2014
  9. Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, "FORMAL MEETING SUMMARY, Wednesday, September 10, 2014," accessed September 18, 2014
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. CUSD Policies, "B: School Board Governance and Operations-Public Participation at Board Meetings," October 22, 2008
  12. Chandler Unified School District, "Budget Information," accessed December 3, 2013
  13. Arizona Department of Education, "SUMMARY OF SCHOOL DISTRICT PROPOSED BUDGET: Chandler Unified School District," accessed December 8, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Chandler Unified School District, "CERTIFIED SALARY RANGES," accessed November 13, 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