Pine Strawberry School (PSS) continues to enjoy a successful school year with students performing well academically and the school receiving a grade of “B” from the Arizona Dept of Education. On average, 125 students are enrolled, which are being supported by 40 teachers and staff, their parents and the community.
Some of the improvements the school has realized or will realize this school year are:
Solar power arrived at the school last November. A 30 KW Photovoltaic system is providing up to 30% of our electrical needs, saving the district several hundred dollars per month.
Technology is constantly being upgraded to comply with new requirements from the Federal and State Dept’s of Education.
The Common Core curriculum has been implemented across all grades, again to comply with unfunded state mandates.
The final replacement to an extremely aging bus/van fleet was completed with the addition of a new school bus and 7 passenger van.
The East Playground Improvement Project is underway. A track will be installed along with an artificial turf infield. Students will now have an all-weather field in which to practice and play on. Additionally, the field will be open to the community, after school hours, for community members to walk, run, or otherwise have a recreational facility to use. The project is scheduled to be completed on June 13, 2013.
The school is in good shape financially. As of this writing, the school is not in jeopardy of losing programs or staff because of financial issues.
All in all, Pine Strawberry School is doing well with a very positive future outlook. This is possible because we have great students, and extremely professional and caring staff, a Governing Board that really cares about what is in the best interest of the students and school keeps that at the forefront of all Board matters, and most importantly, parents and a community that are proactive and very supportive.
I do want to take this opportunity to personally thank all stakeholders for the support they have provided to the school the past 8 years that I have had the privilege of being your Principal/Superintendent. I will miss all of you but, since I am not leaving Pine after my retirement, I will undoubtedly see many of you around town and most certainly at Wal-Mart. I would ask that your give Mr. Cody Barlow, your new Principal/Superintendent as of July 1, the same support you gave me.
Once again, thank you very much.