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From the Mayor - INFOCUS - September/October 2012
Mayor Georgia Lord

With the recent announcement of the Arizona Department of Education’s annual Arizona LEARNS letter grading system, I am happy to hear that educators, teachers and students at public schools throughout Goodyear have received outstanding grades on their “report cards.” Twelve of the 14 public schools in Goodyear received at least an “above average performance” grade, which translates to an A or B in the system’s A-F grading scale.

The four Goodyear schools receiving an A grade and an “excellent level of performance” standard were Estrella Mountain Elementary, Mabel Padgett Elementary, Palm Valley Elementary and Western Sky Middle School. Eight other schools received a B grade, including Desert Star Elementary School after improving from a C grade in 2011. I want to offer many thanks to the number of teachers that have contributed to offering a high-level education for our students in Goodyear.

However, they often say the most difficult task is not achieving success, but staying on top.

A few years back, Vice Mayor Joanne Osborne started the Building Blocks to Great Schools program to create a city partnership with the education community to share resources, ideas and best practices with the purpose of achieving high-quality education for families in Goodyear. Later this month, she will be leading another education symposium for new principals and teachers from local schools to become more familiar with the program.

With all of us in Goodyear working together to provide quality education options for students, I know we can continue to maintain the success we have already achieved while also having our school system ensure long-term economic
growth for our community.

Georgia Lord

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