“Success for Everyone. The Responsibility is Yours and Mine.”
Our Vision (Established 2018)
"A Community of Learners, Leaders, and Innovators"
The Casa Grande Elementary School District is comprised of 8 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 1 online learning academy (CGOLA), and 1 early childhood learning center (ECLC) serving approximately 6,400 students. With approximately 900 employees, the Casa Grande Elementary School District is presently the second-largest school district in Pinal County and is one of the largest employers in the county. The annual operating budget is over $50 million.
We have been supported in our community by local tax payers, having passed a Bond election in 2016 to support the construction of a replacement K-8 school, the purchase of many new buses, and security upgrades to all other schools that are being completed this summer. We also had a 10% Override election that passed during the Fall of 2018. Our boundaries encompass over 400 square miles, and lie within the municipal boundaries of the cities of Casa Grande, Maricopa, and Eloy. Our District also lies within the growth boundaries of the City of Coolidge.
Vision, Strategy, & Brand
In March of 2018, our District put out an open invitation for staff and community members to come together in an effort to re-establish our District’s vision, strategy, and brand. We started a process called ReVISION, and prominent members of our community participated in several facilitated conversations about our vision and purpose; understanding that this will unify our work and provide clarity, inspiration, and alignment for everything we do.
We asked our community to ‘dream big’, and to let us know the best they would want for our schools 10 years from now. We had many amazing responses indicating our community wants our schools to be:
- leaders in innovation;
- A+ schools of excellence;
- places where students are in charge of their learning; and
- drivers of excellence and change.
They also indicated they want our district to be:
- a place with robust resources and compensation;
- considered the best place to work and learn; and
- an award winning district where teachers line up for future employment.
Finally, our community told us they want our students to be exceptional communicators, problem solvers, good neighbors, and ready members of our future workforce.
In over a year and a half, our community went through a process of developing a new Vision statement that encompassed the sentiments heard throughout the meetings, re-committed to our existing Mission, and re-designed our logo and brand to portray an image that more closely aligned with our new direction and purpose.
We also redefined our Core Values, and this summer, the Learning Leadership Team operationalized the values so there would be no mistake about what they mean to our workplace culture and what we want for our learners.
ONE COMMUNITY – TWO DISTRICTS A SEAMLESS STUDENT EXPERIENCE
Finally, CGESD and CGUHSD have the unique opportunity to collaborate and provide a seamless set of learning opportunities for our students in grades PK-12. There is an enthusiasm, desire, and plan for increasing the articulation between the two districts, and having alignment between our strategic plans might be the bridge that brings the districts together substantively. Follow this link to view the CGUHSD Strategic Plan about how they are embedding their strategy for improvement, and there are many parallels to be drawn.
President Gilberto Mendez
President Pro Tem Jerry Stabley
Dr. Jo Etta Gonzales, Superintendent
Aaron Whittle, Chief Financial Officer
Stacy Howell, Director of Talent Acquisition & Employee Services
Jennifer McClintic, Director of Learning Support
Cassandra Goldberg, Assistant Director of Learning Support
Andrea Baker, Director of Teaching & Learning
Jan Draper, Director of Assessment and Auxillary Services
Lisa Dempsey, Director of Early Childhood Learning
Lisa Bradshaw, Director of Digital Learning & Strategy
Robert Quinones, Director of Leadership & Engagement
David Lawrence, Director of Facilities
Darla Johnson, Director of Transportation Services
Alysia Ruelas, Director of Nutrition Services
Dennis York, Director of Purchasing, Contracts & Warehouse Services
Tina Walker, Communications & Marketing Specialist
Cactus Middle School
Rebecca Romo, Principal
Mary Slaydon, Assistant Principal
Peter Quinn, Assistant Principal
Casa Grande Middle School
Samantha Sarnowski, Principal
Matthew Flora, Assistant Principal
Aundre Bell, Assistant Principal
Cholla Elementary School
Azure Sullivan, Principal
Taryn Tijerina, TOA
Cottonwood Elementary School
Dr. Barbara Wright, Principal
Early Childhood Learning Center
Lisa Dempsey, Director
Desert Willow Elementary School
Melissa Davey, Principal
Jeffrey Groh, TOA
Casa Grande Online Learning Academy (CGOLA)
Scott Raymond, Principal
Denia Welch, TOA
Ironwood Elementary School
Robin Rosales, Principal
Mandy Curry, TOA
McCartney Ranch Elementary School
Jessica Quiñones, Principal
Tyler Bruso, TOA
Mesquite Elementary School
Julie Holdsworth, Principal
Stephanie Rice, TOA
Palo Verde Elementary School
Joanne Kramer, Principal
Gabriel Cheavers, TOA
Saguaro Elementary School
Celie Downey-Foye, Principal
Marcy McCue, TOA
Villago Middle School
Jeff Lavender, Principal
Stephanie Sander, Assistant Principal
Donald Nusbaum, Assistant Principal