Dear Union Elementary School District Community,
On August 14 the Union Elementary School Board appointed me interim superintendent of the district. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to serve the children, parents, and staff of the Union Elementary School District. I am entering my 44th year as an educator and have served most of my career in the Alhambra Elementary School District as teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. Most recently, I served as interim superintendent for Gilbert Public Schools, and now have the opportunity to serve in the same capacity with the Union Elementary School District.
I have had the opportunity to visit the campuses of Dos Rios and Hurley Ranch schools and have been very impressed with the school leadership and the teachers serving your children. The staff is working diligently to serve the needs of every individual student. I look forward to working with them as we progress through the school year.
This school year I will be assisting the governing board with screening applicants for the district superintendent position. Our goal is to have applicant recommendations to the governing board so they may select a well-qualified superintendent to begin officially by July 1, 2015.
As you may know, this past June the governing board passed a resolution to have a budget override election on November 4 of this year. The current override election, which begins phasing down at the conclusion of this school year, funds low class sizes, fine arts, health, physical education, and instructional support. If the budget override election is not successful, the 2015-2016 school district budget will be reduced by approximately $310,000, with corresponding reductions in the previously mentioned programs and services. In the near future, we will have budget override information meetings to address frequently asked questions at Dos Rios Elementary School and Hurley Ranch Elementary School. Your child's school will provide notifications of these meetings.
If you have questions or comments you would like to discuss with me, please contact me at 623-478-5004 or via email. I look forward to meeting our community members throughout the school year.
Dr. Jim Rice