Tempe Union High School District

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Tempe Union High School District #213
Location
500 West Guadalupe Road
Tempe, Arizona 85283
District information
TypePublic
Motto“Excellence in Teaching and Learning”
Established1908
SuperintendentDr. Kevin J. Mendivil
BudgetTBD
Students and staff
Students13,260
Other information
Websitehttp://www.tempeunion.org

The Tempe Union High School District is a school district of high schools in Tempe, Arizona, USA. Its service area includes all of Tempe, the city of Chandler, Arizona west of the Loop 101, Guadalupe, the Gila River Indian Community in Maricopa County, and the Ahwatukee area of Phoenix (the same areas served by the Tempe Elementary School District and the Kyrene School District, both of which feed into Tempe Union).

The district operates six comprehensive high schools and Compadre Academy, an alternative school for high-risk students. Tempe High School also teaches the International Baccalaureate. Peggy Payne Academy, once an independent 'school-within-a-school' for gifted students, is now a program of McClintock High School.

Governing Board Members[edit]

  • Berdetta Hodge
  • Brian Garcia
  • Andres Barraza
  • Michelle Helm
  • Sandy Lowe

[1]

Schools[edit]

High schools in Tempe Union HSD
School Compadre[2] Corona del Sol Desert Vista Marcos de Niza McClintock Mountain Pointe Tempe High School
Location Tempe Tempe Phoenix Tempe Tempe Phoenix Tempe
Opened 1997 1977 1996 1971 1964 1991 1908,
1953 (current site)
Colors Teal,
purple
Orange,
yellow,
black
Blue,
gold
Brown,
gold
Cardinal red,
navy blue
Maroon,
gold
Blue,
white
Mascot Lobos Aztecs Thunder Padres Chargers Pride Buffalo
Principal Dora Samson Nathan Kleve Mike Deignan Sarah Tolar Mayra Arroyo Tomika Banks Dr. Art Lebowitz (interim)
Athletic
conference
N/A 6A 6A 4A 5A 6A 4A
Enrollment 439 2498 3003 1872 1726[3] 2366 1272

Feeder Elementary School Districts[edit]

Controversies[edit]

Allegations of records falsification[edit]

In 2001, then registrar of Desert Vista High School, Jane Jones, accused the school's principal at the time, Joe McDonald, of approaching three teachers at the schools to change the grades for a student-athlete who was being recruited, but was ineligible to compete at an Division I school.[4] McDonald allegedly approached the teachers after was asked by then School District Superintendent, James Buchanan, to see what can be done to help the student.[4] School district administrators admitted four years later, in 2005, that grades were changed for the softball student-athlete two months after her graduation, after which she was cleared by the National Collegiate Athletic Association to play at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi.[5]

In 2002, Jones was given her first negative evaluation of her career, and was subsequently fired on McDonald's recommendation.[6] Following her termination, Jones filed a wrongful termination lawsuit under the state's whistleblower protection law, alleging that she was fired because McDonald said she was "not a team player."[7] Subsequently, Jones claimed the school district officials also engaged in retaliation following her dismissal by claiming she was not eligible for rehiring to an investigator working for a California-based reference checking company, thus allegedly implying she has committed wrongdoing. Arizona school districts have no power to determine rehire eligibility, as only the state's Board of Education has the authority to suspend or revoke a person's teaching credentials.[8]

A $140,000 settlement between the district and Jones was approved by a judge in 2006.[9]

Alleged preferential treatment of student-athletes[edit]

In 2004, local newspaper East Valley Tribune reported that a former Desert Vista High School varsity football player, Chris Snow, claimed he was paid by the school district to tutor other student athletes on the team, and in the case of one football player he helped tutor, Snow did 70% to 80% of the work for the player, due to an arrangement made to ensure the player remains eligible for football.[10]

District officials say while the district has a peer tutor program, the district does not pay tutors. The East Valley Tribune, however, claims that Snow's allegations were confirmed by two other sources, which were not identified by name.[10]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Governing Board / Governing Board Members".
  2. ^ Alternative school
  3. ^ Includes 140 Peggy Payne Academy students
  4. ^ a b James, Daryl (September 27, 2003). "Whistle-blower suit claims E.V. principal fixed grades". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  5. ^ James, Daryl (August 3, 2005). "Tempe Union official admits grades fixed for athlete". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  6. ^ Hogan, Shanna (October 29, 2005). "Desert Vista High principal to retire". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  7. ^ James, Daryl (September 27, 2003). "Whistle-blower suit claims E.V. principal fixed grades". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  8. ^ James, Daryl (October 11, 2003). "Fired school aide claims after-fact retaliation". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  9. ^ Grado, Gary (May 12, 2006). "Tempe district, ex-educator settle suit". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  10. ^ a b Morgan, Craig (April 2, 2004). "High school athlete plays despite 247 absences". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved January 3, 2021.

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