• Board Report

    A-F School Letter Grades Released

    The State Board of Education has decided on cut scores for school letter grades. Although this information is preliminary, we are excited that one of our school grades have improved. We have received great news that Griffith will be a C! All other schools will remain the same with Balsz- C, Brunson-Lee- D, Crockett- B. The Balsz School District grade is- C.

    Golf Tournament

    Our 6th annual Balsz Community Education Foundation golf tournament was held last Friday at Papago golf course. This was the BCEF’s most successful tournament yet and raised a lot of money that will go directly to our students, our community and our wonderful teachers and staff. Thank you to everyone who worked on the planning committee and helped make this year’s tournament such a great success. 

    ADEQ Water Testing Results

    You may see in the news stories about unsafe drinking water at some schools around the state and the country. I have received a question about the water in Balsz.   I am pleased to report that the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has reported that the lead screening results for drinking water samples collected at Balsz Schools are in acceptable ranges. We are pleased that the drinking water in our schools is at acceptable levels.

    To learn more about the screening program, visit the ADEQ website: http://azdeq.gov/LeadScreeningProg

    Mini Grants

    We had a record number of Mini Grant winners this Fall. I was pleased to present a check from the BCEF and ON for their projects. The teachers were very excited to put this funding to good use in their classrooms. Below is a picture of the group. 

    Bond Election Power Point

    As you know, the Baslz School District will have a bond election in November. In an effort to keep our residents and stake holders informed we have posted a power point with factual information about the projects are included in the bond. You can find this information on the Balsz District website. 

    Patrick Peterson Reading Corner

    The Crockett students, staff and community were very excited today by a visit from Arizona Cardinals star Patrick Peterson. The Patrick Peterson Foundation selected Crockett to have a Patrick’s Corner in their library along with 1700 books. 

    Balsz In the News

    I am pleased to announce that Brunson-Lee PE coach Alejandro Sanchez was recognized by the Arizona Health and Physical Education Organization as the 2018 Rookie Teacher of the Year! Teachers and students at BL know what a great teacher and role model he has been for the Brunson-Lee students and community. Alejandro will be recognized for this outstanding achievement on October 23 at the AZHPE awards night at the Phoenix Children's Museum. Congratulations Alejandro and thanks you for bringing distinction to the Balsz School District! 

    Thank you this concludes my remarks for this month.