Sunnyside Unified School District, Arizona
|Sunnyside Unified School District|
|Number of schools:||22|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Eva Carrillo Dong|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Sunnyside Unified School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtTucson, the county seat of Pima County, Arizona. Tucson is home to 524,295 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau. Sunnyside Unified School District is the 13th-largest school district in Arizona, serving 17,615 students during the 2010-2011 school year.
Tucson underperformed in comparison to the rest of Arizona in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 24.2 percent of Tucson 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 in Tucson was $36,939 compared to $50,256 for the state of Arizona. The poverty rate in Tucson was 24.4 percent compared to 17.2 percent for the entire state.
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.
The interim superintendent of Sunnyside Unified School District is Eugenia Favela as of June 10, 2014. Favela replaced Manuel Isquierdo during a board meeting on June 3, 2014. Isquierdo was bought out of this contract with two years remaining after a recall election against two board members who supported his initiatives. Favela has worked in the district since 1985 and previously served as the district's assistant superintendent.
The Sunnyside Unified School District Governing Board consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Each member is elected at-large and represents the entire district. Board members served without compensation for their service.
|Sunnyside Unified School District Governing Board|
|Eva Carrillo Dong||2014|
|Daniel Hernandez, Jr.||2014|
School board elections
Members of the governing board are elected at-large to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats will be on the ballot on November 4, 2014 and three seats are up for election in November 2016. Incumbents Bobby Garcia and Louie Gonzales lost their seats in a recall election on May 20, 2014.
Public participation in board meetings
The governing board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in 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.
—Sunnyside Unified School District's website, (2014), 
Sunnyside Unified School District publishes its annual budget on its website.
|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|
Starting salaries for teachers in Sunnyside Unified School District are based on educational achievement. The starting salary for a teacher with a bachelor's degree as of April 22, 2014 is $31,929. Teachers with master's degrees receive starting salaries of $34,159 while doctorate holders earn initial salaries of $36,556.
Schools in Sunnyside Unified School District
Sunnyside Unified School District operates 22 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Sunnyside Unified School District|
|Apollo Middle School|
|Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School|
|Challenger Middle School|
|Chaparral Middle School|
|Craycroft Elementary School|
|Desert View High School|
|Drexel Elementary School|
|Elvira Elementary School|
|Esperanza Elementary School|
|Gallego Basic Elementary School|
|Liberty Gifted & Talented Elementary School|
|Los Amigos Technology Academy|
|Los Ninos Elementary School|
|Los Ranchitos Elementary School|
|Mission Manor Elementary School|
|Online Success Academy|
|Rosemarie Rivera Elementary School|
|Santa Clara Elementary School|
|Sierra Middle School|
|Summit View Elementary School|
|S.T.A.R. Academic Center|
|Sunnyside 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% 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.
Sunnyside Unified School District received a C in the A-F Letter Grade System in 2011 and 2012. The table below compares the district's results in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years:
|A-F Letter Grade Results, 2011-2012|
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 in math and reading for grades three through eight during the 2012-2013 school year:
|AIMS Results, 2012-2013|
|Grade||Subject||Far below expectations||Approaching expectations||Meets expectations||Exceeds expectations|
Recall effort by Sunnyside Recall 2013
A recall effort against board members Bobby Garcia and Louie Gonzales initiated by a group called Sunnyside Recall 2013 has led to an election on May 20, 2014. The group is made up of local residents who oppose Superintendent Manuel Isquierdo. Garcia and Gonzales are supporters of the superintendent along with board member Eva Carrillo Dong. Isquierdo has received criticism for various personal actions, including using bankruptcy to avoid foreclosure on his home, owing $150,000 in back taxes, having his driver's license suspended for failing to pay fines, using his district credit card for questionable purchases and using athletes in the district's effort to promote the passage of school bonds measures. Board members Buck Crouch and Daniel Hernandez, Jr. opposed Isquierdo. A recall effort against Crouch and Hernandez began in August 2013, but did not move forward after supporters declined to turn in signatures.
- List of school districts in Arizona
- Bobby Garcia and Louie Gonzales recall, Sunnyside Unified School District, Arizona (2014)
- School Board Elections portal
- Sunnyside Unified School District
- Tucson, Arizona
- Arizona Department of Education
- Arizona School Boards Association
- Arizona Department of Education, "Arizona School Report Cards: Sunnyside Unified District," accessed April 22, 2014
- Arizona Department of Education, "Graduation Rates," accessed April 22, 2014
- Sunnyside Unified School District, "About Us," accessed April 22, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Tucson, Arizona" accessed April 22, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
- Pima County, "Past Election Results," accessed April 22, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Tucson News Now, "New Sunnyside board sworn in, appoints interim Superintendent," June 4, 2014
- Sunnyside Unified School District, "Governing Board," accessed April 22, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Arizona School Boards Association, "PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT BOARD MEETINGS," accessed April 22, 2014
- Arizona Department of Education, "Summary of School District Proposed Budget," accessed December 2, 2013
- Sunnyside Unified School District, "Human Resources," accessed April 22, 2014
- Sunnyside Unified School District, "Sunnyside Schools," accessed April 22, 2014
- Arizona Department of Education, "A-F Letter Grades Guide for Parents," July 30, 2013
- Arizona Department of Education, "AIMS Assessment Results," accessed April 22, 2014
- Arizona Daily Star, "Details for Sunnyside recall election set," January 11, 2014
- Arizona Daily Star, "Second Sunnyside recall launched," August 20, 2013