• Superintendent's Message September 2019

    Hello, my name is Dr. Jeff Smith, Superintendent to the Balsz School District, and these are my comments for this month.

    Employee Recognition
    I am pleased to announce a new employee recognition program in Balsz.  In an effort to recognize the outstanding employees of Balsz School District who demonstrate the District’s values, model positive behaviors, and support student success, we are pleased to announce that we are kicking off our inaugural Balsz Employee of the Quarter recognition program.
    We invite you to nominate a Classified or Certified employee who exhibits our values, professionalism, commitment, and creates a safe, respectful, and welcoming environment conducive to student success. We will select one classified and one certified employee each quarter who will be recognized with a certificate at a board meeting, on our marquees, website, and social media.
    Look for a small metal box in the front office of every school and the district office with forms to fill out. Please take a few minutes to nominate someone you know who is deserving of this award, and place the nomination form inside the metal box.
    We look forward to celebrating and recognizing many of our outstanding employees in the Balsz School District!

    Tillman Middle School Groundbreaking
    We had a wonderful ribbon Cutting Ceremony on August 20 for our new Tillman Middle School. I would like to thank everyone who was there to help us celebrate.

    Staff Appreciation Event
    Our wonderful Balsz Community Education Foundation recently held an event to celebrate our teachers and staff. Thank you to the BCEF for supporting our teachers, staff and students in Balsz!

    Finance Department Award
    We just received notice that the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States has recognized our Finance Department for its comprehensive annual finance report (CAFR) again this year. Congratulations to Mr. Leedy and his team for this excellent recognition.

    New Crosswalk at Crockett
    The City of Phoenix has notified us that a new HAWK Crosswalk is being installed for the signal at 36th Street and Van Buren.  This will be similar to the HAWK that is located further down Van Buren in front of UMOM. 

    Parent Academy
    I am pleased to announce our first Balsz Parent Academy for this year. Presenters for this event are from Everybody Matters, Lori Madrid and Dr. Bennett McKinney. The title of the program is Keep Calm and Build your at Home Tool Kit.  This informative program will be on Wednesday, September 11 at 6:00pm at the Balsz Community Center.  We invite any interested families from our schools to participate in this informative evening.

    Teacher Recognition
    Congratulations to Brunson-Lee teacher Tiffany Crawford who was recently nominated by her peers at the Boys and Girls Club for the Culture Awards for demonstrating the values of the Boys and Girls Club. We are very proud of her.

    Brunson-Lee Fitness Center
    Also, I’d like to also announce that our Fitness Center on September 6. We were pleased to welcome our friends from Blue Cross Blue Shield and Get Fit, Don’t Quit, Body by Jake at the Brunson-Lee Fitness Center. This wonderful hundred thousand dollar fitness center was made possible through a grant through Blue Cross Blue Shield. We’d also like to thank Tiffany Crawford and all of the teachers and staff at Brunson-Lee for bringing this wonderful opportunity to the Brunson-Lee community.

    Thank you, and that concludes my comments for this month.