Chandler Unified School District, Arizona
|Chandler Unified School District|
|Superintendent:||Dr. Camille Casteel|
|Number of schools:||41|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Robert "Bob" Rice|
|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 Chandler Unified School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtChandler, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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:
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.
—Chandler Unified School District, (2008), 
|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|
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:
|Annual Base Entry Salary Based on Experience|
|Years of experience||Annual Base Entry Salary|
|Less than two years||$37,000|
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.
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.
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.
Chandler Unified School District operates 41 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Cartwright Elementary School District|
|Anna Marie Jacobson Elementary School|
|Arizona College Prep Erie Campus|
|Arizona College Prep Oakland Campus|
|Audrey & Robert Ryan 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|
|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|
|Perry High School|
|Robert and Danell Tarwater Elementary|
|Rudy G. Bologna Elementary|
|San Marcos Elementary School|
|Sanborn Elementary School|
|Santan Junior High School|
|Shumway Elementary School|
|T. Dale Hancock Elementary School|
|Weinberg Elementary School|
|Willie & Coy Payne Junior High|
|Willis Junior High 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 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:
|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 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 (%)|
|*These numbers are under 11 and are not reported per the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).|
- Arizona school districts
- List of school districts in Arizona
- Chandler Unified School District elections (2014)
- School board elections portal
- Chandler Unified School District
- Chandler Education Assocaition (CEA)
- Chandler, Arizona
- Maricopa County, Arizona
- Arizona Department of Education
- Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA)
- Arizona Department of Education, "Graduation Rates," accessed November 13, 2014
- 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
- Chandler Unified School District, "Our 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.
- CUSD Policies, "B: School Board Governance and Operations-Public Participation at Board Meetings," October 22, 2008
- Chandler Unified School District, "Budget Information," accessed December 3, 2013
- Arizona Department of Education, "SUMMARY OF SCHOOL DISTRICT PROPOSED BUDGET: Chandler Unified School District," accessed December 8, 2014
- Chandler Unified School District, "CERTIFIED SALARY RANGES," accessed November 13, 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