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Mesa Public Schools, Arizona

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Mesa Public Schools
Mesa, Arizona
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Michael Cowan
Graduation rate:74.1%[1]
Number of schools:72
Budget: $549.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Mike Hughes
Board members:5 at-large
Term length:4 years

Mesa Public Schools is a school district in Arizona. In the 2011-2012 school year, Mesa Public Schools was the largest school district in Arizona and served 64,728 students.[2]

About the district

Mesa Public Schools is located in Maricopa County, Arizona.

Mesa Public Schools is located in the city of Mesa, which lies in southwestern Arizona in Maricopa County. Phoenix is the county seat and the state capital. In 2013, Maricopa County was home to 4,009,412 residents according to United States Census Bureau estimates.[3]


Maricopa County slightly 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 in Arizona. 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] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The table below displays the budget for Mesa Public Schools.[7]

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 $338,774,640 60.2% $74,894,620 13.3% $108,794,283 19.3% $38,259,594 6.8% $1,585,000 0.3% $562,308,137
2014-2015 $341,243,198 62.1% $64,020,410 11.7% $91,730,170 16.7% $41,680,352 7.6% $10,500,738 1.9% $549,174,868
Averages: $340,008,919 61% $69,457,515 12% $100,262,226.5 18% $39,969,973 7% $6,042,869 1% $555,741,502.5

Contact information

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Mesa Public Schools
63 E. Main St.
Mesa, Arizona 85201
Phone: 480-472-0000

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