- The modified school calendar, now two years old, will be re-evaluated in the fall by the Superintendent's Advisory Committee (SAC), whose recommendation will then be presented to the board. The calendar shortens the summer recess by two weeks and adjusts some holiday breaks so two-week recesses occur after each nine-week quarter. The SAC is made up of 18 PUSD staff members including teachers and principals.
- An additional school day will be added to the school calendar this year, mandated by the state as part of the Proposition 301 initiative approved by the voters in the 2000 general election. That proposition added five more school days to be phased in over a five-year period.
- All construction projects in the district should be completed before school opens.
- Enrollment is expected to be about the same as last year.
- The Character Counts and the incorporation of new technology are still receiving major emphasis district-wide. In conjunction with Gila Community College and the Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology (NAVIT), PUSD will offer certified nursing assistant and fire science programs this year.
- A lot of the emphasis district-wide will be on the No Child Left Behind Act, a federal mandate that went into effect last year designed to address the fact that American children are lagging behind children in many other countries.