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Message from Our Superintendent

MARCH 2018

Dear Altar Valley Families,

I want to take this opportunity to thank the entire Altar Valley community for all they have done to make Altar Valley School District an All-Star School District. I am proud that both Altar Valley Schools earned a "B" label, as determined by the Arizona Department of Education A-F labels, this fall. Additionally, Altar Valley School District scored in the 98th percentile out of 11,000 school districts nationwide in a study of academic growth conducted by Stanford University. These achievements would not have been possible without your support, particularly the support provided by the "yes" vote in November 2014 to continue the 10% Maintenance & Operations Override. 

In the 2017-18 school year, the district has been able to increase its budget by $424,710 because of the continuation of the override. This increased funding has made a tremendous impact on the district, including:

  • Funding full-day kindergarten
    • While the state of Arizona only funds half-day kindergarten, the Altar Valley School District continues offering full-day kindergarten with small class sizes and additional para professional support.
  • Maintaining low class sizes
    • Robles Elementary School’s average class size is 23 students per class.
    • Altar Valley Middle School average class size is 26 student per class.
  • Attracting and retaining a high quality teaching staff
    • In 2016-2017, Altar Valley created a competitive salary schedule that raised teacher’s annual salaries an average of more than $5,000 and made Altar Valley School District one of the top paying districts in Pima County.
  • Providing athletics programs at no cost to students in grades 5–8
    • While other school districts have to charge student athletes to participate in programs, Altar Valley has been able to keep these programs free.
    • Over the past several years, Altar Valley teams have seen a significant increase in the number of our sports teams making it to the playoffs.
  • Expanding programs
    • Our career exploration program, Paxton Patterson, has been identified as a model program, highlighted on PBS 6 "Arizona Week." 

Thank you to the Altar Valley community for your continued support and your "yes" vote! The override must be approved for continuation by November 5, 2019, to avoid a phase-out of the additional funding to our programs. Please help us keep Altar Valley an All-Star School District!

Sincerely, 

    Dr. David Dumon

    Dr. David Dumon
    Superintendent
    Altar Valley School District