Sunnyside Unified School District, Arizona

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Sunnyside Unified School District
Tucson, Arizona
Sunnyside USD logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Eugenia Favela
Graduation rate:72.6%[2]
Number of schools:22
Budget: $173.0 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Eva Carrillo Dong
Board members:5
Term length:4
Sunnyside Unified School District is a school district in Arizona. The district is the 13th-largest school district in Arizona. Sunnyside Unified School District was created in 1921 and currently employs more than 2,000 part-time and full-time workers.[3]

About the district

Sunnyside Unified School District is located in Pima County, Arizona
Sunnyside Unified School District is located in Tucson, the county seat of Pima County, Arizona. Tucson is home to 524,295 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4] Sunnyside Unified School District is the 13th-largest school district in Arizona, serving 17,615 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[5]


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.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race Tucson (%) Arizona (%)
White 69.7 73.0
Black or African American 5.0 4.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.7 4.6
Asian 2.9 2.8
Two or More Races 4.2 3.4
Hispanic or Latino 41.6 29.6

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[6]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 52.5 45.6
2008 52.4 46.2
2004 52.5 46.5
2000 51.0 43.0

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.[7]


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.[8]

School board

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.[9]

Sunnyside Unified School District Governing Board
Member Term Ends
Eva Carrillo Dong 2014
Eric Griffin 2016
Buck Crouch 2016
Daniel Hernandez, Jr. 2014
Rebecca Quintero 2016

School board elections

See also: Bobby Garcia and Louie Gonzales recall, Sunnyside Unified School District, Arizona (2014)

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:

  • 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.


—Sunnyside Unified School District's website, (2014), [11]


Sunnyside Unified School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[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 $71,561,140 41.4% $0 0% $52,649,078 30.4% $10,000,000 5.8% $38,832,162 22.4% $173,042,380
Averages: $71,561,140 41% $0 0% $52,649,078 30% $10,000,000 6% $38,832,162 22% $173,042,380

Teacher salaries

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.[13]

Schools in Sunnyside Unified School District


The district's K-12 student enrollment decreased slightly from 17,615 during the 2010-2011 school year to 17,613 during the 2012-2013 school year.[1][5]

District schools

Sunnyside Unified School District operates 22 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

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

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% 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:[15]

A-F Letter Grade Results, 2011-2012
Category 2010-2011 2011-2012
Growth 46 46
Composite 67 68
Total 113 114
Grade C C

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:[16]

AIMS Results, 2012-2013
Grade Subject Far below expectations Approaching expectations Meets expectations Exceeds expectations
3 Math 11 33 44 11
3 Reading 6 30 61 4
4 Math 18 27 41 14
4 Reading 4 30 63 3
5 Math 20 24 44 12
5 Reading 8 23 65 5
6 Math 32 32 30 6
6 Reading 7 31 60 2
7 Math 34 27 29 9
7 Reading 3 23 68 6
8 Math 49 15 28 8
8 Reading 13 29 55 3


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.[17][18]

Contact information

Sunnyside USD logo.jpg
Sunnyside Unified School District
2238 E. Ginter Road
Tucson, AZ 85706
Phone: (520) 545-2000

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Arizona Department of Education, "Arizona School Report Cards: Sunnyside Unified District," accessed April 22, 2014
  2. Arizona Department of Education, "Graduation Rates," accessed April 22, 2014
  3. Sunnyside Unified School District, "About Us," accessed April 22, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Tucson, Arizona" accessed April 22, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
  6. Pima County, "Past Election Results," accessed April 22, 2014
  7. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  8. Tucson News Now, "New Sunnyside board sworn in, appoints interim Superintendent," June 4, 2014
  9. Sunnyside Unified School District, "Governing Board," accessed April 22, 2014
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. Arizona School Boards Association, "PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT BOARD MEETINGS," accessed April 22, 2014
  12. Arizona Department of Education, "Summary of School District Proposed Budget," accessed December 2, 2013
  13. Sunnyside Unified School District, "Human Resources," accessed April 22, 2014
  14. Sunnyside Unified School District, "Sunnyside Schools," accessed April 22, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 Arizona Department of Education, "A-F Letter Grades Guide for Parents," July 30, 2013
  16. Arizona Department of Education, "AIMS Assessment Results," accessed April 22, 2014
  17. Arizona Daily Star, "Details for Sunnyside recall election set," January 11, 2014
  18. Arizona Daily Star, "Second Sunnyside recall launched," August 20, 2013