Chandler Edition - October 2020


News from Chandler USD and the University of Arizona



NewMBAprogrambeginswith class of 21 students CHANDLER The University of Arizona Eller College of Manage- ment’s professional MBA program based in Chandler began its rst year this fall with 21 students, according to university employees. The professional MBA program blends online learning with biweekly practicums in Chandler. director of Phoenix programs for Eller College of Management. Forristall said she was grateful that the college was able to recruit a class of this size in a short time with a good mix of people from dierent backgrounds. “We are utilizing the classes in the online MBA program and building o a strong practicum in Chandler PROGRAMDETAILS Here are some facts about the MBA program’s rst class: Average age: 32 52% Female 27% Underrepresented 6.75 Years of work experience

Chandler USD board Oct. 28, 6 p.m. 1525 W. Frye Road, Chandler 480-812-7000 • on display for the 60-day public review period for comment at the Melinda Romero Instructional Resource Center starting July 16. CHANDLER USD On Sept. 23, the Chandler USD board approved using site funds to purchase the SkillsUSA Career Essential Suite, which is a resource for the career and technical education programs. MEETINGSWE COVER CHANDLER USD At a governing board meeting Sept. 23, the district approved a memorandum of understanding with Homeward Bound. Homeward Bound supports students who nd themselves in vulnerable situations due to variability in their living circumstances and helps them to stay in school and graduate, according to the district agenda. The memorandum of understanding is eective from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021. CHANDLER USD The Chandler USD governing board approved the purchase of textbooks for grades 7-12 for English language learner curriculum Sept. 23. The textbooks were purchased for $67,200. The curriculum was placed MEETING HIGHLIGHTS “I JUSTWANT TO THANK THE FAMILIESWHOHAVE ENTRUSTED THEIR CHILDREN INOUR CARE. WEWILL NOT LET YOUDOWN.” CAMILLE CASTEEL, CHANDLER USD SUPERINTENDENT

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“The east Valley is an amazing environment,” said Julie Trujillo, director of external relations with UA. “The community and the demo- graphics are just a perfect combina- tion for this program. If you look at the average age and work experience, this is exactly the kind of community we are trying to engage with.” The program got the green light in May, said Megan Forristall, the senior

once every two weeks,” Forristall said. “That’s what we think was missing from the full-time online programming, was that in-the-market hands-on learning and the opportu- nity to go and learn pragmatic skills.” The rst class started in August for the 21-month program, and applica- tions for next fall are open. “We are excited to learn with this group of students this year and

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welcome another class next year,” Forristall said. For more information, visit mba/professional-mba.

District allocates $4million for purchase of new technology CHANDLER USD At a meeting Sept. 23, the Chan- dler USD governing board authorized the purchase of thousands of Chromebooks and desktop computers for use across the district. The total expenditure was expected to be about $4.17 million, according to district sta. The funds for the technology came from “various funds” and bonds, according to the agenda item. The expenditure includes 11,000 Chromebooks and licenses for use across the district, and 500 desktop computers and monitors for the new high school scheduled to open in 2021-22 as well as replacements across the district. According to district sta, the Chromebooks are in high demand and are being ordered currently so the district has a spot in the shipping queue.

Chandler USDapproves expansion of Gilbert Road for newhigh school

CHANDLER USD The Chandler USD governing board approved spending about $2.03 million for road improvements and installa- tion of the trac signals relating




to the district’s newest high school under construction. The high school will be the seventh in the district and is located near Gilbert and Brooks Farm roads. In April, the board approved an agreement with the city of Chandler for the road improvements and instal- lation of the trac signals. The total cost of the project is around $4.8 million with the city and school district splitting the cost. The expenditure for the road expansion was approved unanimously by the board.

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