Early Release Due to Inclement Weather

2/23/2022

Dear Mayer Unified School District families and staff,

Currently roadways within our district are clear and safe to travel but with dropping temperatures and additional snow accumulation we will be sending students home early today.

Jr High and High School students will be released at 11:30 am with corresponding bus runs

Elementary students will be released at 12:30 pm with corresponding bus runs

Safety is our main priority. Please be advised with significant drops in temperature tonight that a late start possibility for tomorrow exists. If there are any other updates we will communicate them as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Dean Slaga Superintendent

Superintendent's Letter on Aggregate Spending Limit (AEL)

February 9, 2022

Dear Mayer Unified School District Community,

Recently, you may have been hearing stories on the news or radio about the Aggregate Expenditure Limit (AEL), an issue in the Arizona Legislature, which could have a significant impact on the operation of Mayer Schools. I want to give you a bit of history of the AEL and how Mayer Schools may be impacted.

I want to be clear that this is a statewide issue and not specific to Mayer Schools. The required budget cut is not because the District lacks funds or has mismanaged its budget. Even though the District will have the cash available to spend, it will not have the legal authority to spend the cash that it has.

Here is a summary of how we got to where we are today. In the early 1980's, an Arizona constitutional amendment was passed by the voters that limits the amount of money that can be spent on government entities including public school districts. The calculation reflects what schools looked like in the early 1980's, which is very different than today. Because it is an old calculation, the Arizona Legislature has, at times, needed to vote to exceed the voter imposed limit. This need has arisen again.

There are two main factors contributing to the need to once again exceed the AEL this year and in future years. The calculation is based on last year's student count while school districts' budgets are calculated on current year student count. Last year's student count statewide was significantly lower due to the pandemic. In addition, the Legislature recently added money from the Classroom Site Fund, which is used for teacher pay, into the calculation. Previously it was excluded from the calculation.

This year, it is projected that the AEL needs to be exceeded, by $1.2 billion statewide. The money has already been collected through taxes and has been allocated for schools. However, unless the Legislature, which has the authority to override the AEL takes action, schools will not be able to access their money. To date, the Arizona Legislature has not taken any action to allow schools access to their money. The Legislature must act by March 1st to waive the limit. If the limit is not waived, school districts statewide must reduce their budgets by 16%.

The District has been informed that if the limit is not waived, approximately $763,131 must be cut from the District budget. This is a 16% cut and we have 25% of the school year left. With a significant majority of the District's budget going to staff salaries, the District will need to reduce the budget by the above amount immediately. Other possibilities include, closure of school at some point before the scheduled end of the school year. This is due to a lack of authority to spend the money we already have allocated to us.

There is a two-part solution to this issue. First, the legislature must override the expenditure limit as it has done a number of times in the past. Second, the long-term solution is to refer a ballot initiative to the voters with an updated calculation that reflects what schools currently look like.

Again, I want to reiterate that the required budget cut is not because the District lacks funds or has mismanaged its budget. If the limit is not overridden, even though the District will have the cash available to spend, it will not have the legal authority to spend the cash that it has. I will keep you updated as we receive more information.

Sincerely,

Dean Slaga Mayer Unified Superintendent

Link to download the Superintendent's Letter

Link to contact AZ State Legislators

Superintendent's Parent/Community Meeting 2/16/2022

Dear Mayer Unified School District families,

The Superintendent would like to invite all parents and guardians who are interested to a meeting on:

Wednesday, February 16th, at 5:00 PM at Mayer High School.
The meeting will be presenting on:

  • school budget,

  • health and safety,

  • state legislative issues.

No registration is required to attend.

For any questions please call the District Office at 928-642-1000.

Once again thank you for your support of Mayer Unified School District.

Sincerely,

Dean Slaga
Superintendent

Winter Break

Dear Mayer Unified School District families and staff,

We would like to wish you all a wonderful holiday season. We want to thank you all for all your health precautions that you have taken this semester. Please take care of yourselves and your families over the break. If there are any health concerns please contact us on January 3rd, when we return to school.

Once again thank you all for everything you do for our school district and community! Best wishes for a joyous holiday season and happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Dean Slaga Superintendent

COVID Notification 10-19-2021

Posted on 10/19/2021

Dear Mayer Unified School District families and staff,

We would like to welcome you all back after Fall Break. We have been fortunate with family support to not have any extensive quarantine issues with COVID up until now.

We are continuing to follow county and state healthcare guidelines for COVID-19 quarantine requirements.

We have had 2 exposure incidents at Mayer Elementary School impacting 3rd and 5th grade classrooms. All families have been contacted that require contact tracing for their quarantine time frames.

We would ask that all staff, students, and families take extra precautions during this time. Please stay home if you or your student are ill.

Thank you for your continued support of Mayer Unified School District.

Sincerely,

Dean Slaga Superintendent

Health & Safety Update

Posted on 09/30/2021

Dear Mayer Unified School District families and staff,

I would like to take the time to thank all our students, families, and staff members for a solid start to our school year.

Families have been doing a wonderful job in keeping their children home when health issues have occurred. We have had minimal need to quarantine.

Strictly as a precaution, as temperatures change and we move into the normal cold and flu season, we are going to ramp up our efforts to keep everybody safe. Handwashing stations will be made available for any student or staff member who wants to take these extra precautions during this time. We will be continuing our efforts to disinfect and clean our facilities and vehicles.

Once again we would like to thank the entire Mayer family for working hard to keep our kids in school during this time.

Sincerely,

Dean Slaga
Superintendent

2021-2022 Start of School

Dear Mayer Unified School District families,

We would like to thank all our Mayer families for working through an incredibly difficult school year this past year.

We are looking forward to seeing all of our students and families back for the start of school on Monday, August 9th.

Per state legislative mandate, no student or staff member can be required to wear a mask or be vaccinated. Students, however, may wear masks at their discretion, if necessary. We ask that all students and families respect the health and safety needs of those around them.

Please be aware that all bus routes and schedules are posted on the district and school websites. Please be patient as it always takes us a few days to have everything running smoothly.

You will also find cafeteria menus posted on the school websites. The free lunch program for ALL students will be in effect for 1 more year per federal guidelines.

We look forward with great anticipation to seeing our students back next Monday! We have improved technology in all our classrooms to support student learning.

If you have any specific questions for the schools, please contact the school front office:

Mayer Elementary School - 928-642-1100 Mayer High School – 928-642-1200

Reminder our schools have Open Houses tonight!

Grades K-5 at the Elementary School from 4:30-6:00 PM Little Red School House from 4:30-6:00 PM Grades 9-12 at the High School from 5:00-6:30 P (Junior High open house will be on August 17th.)

Once again thank you all for supporting and being a part of the Mayer Unified School District family.

Sincerely,

Dean Slaga Superintendent

Join ETS, the College and Career Program at Your School!

Educational Talent Search (ETS) is here to help middle and high school students find a passion fo​r a career that will provide a living wage for them and their families. Education beyond high school increases students' potential for all-around success.

ETS services are FREE and include:

  • Group and individual meetings at school
  • Focus on academic, career and soft skills
  • Study of financial literacy
  • Mentoring and tutoring
  • College, career, and self-exploration
  • Field trips to college and career sites
  • Assistance with college testing and admission (waivers provided)
  • Assistance with college/trade school selection, registration, financial aid (FAFSA) and scholarship applications

Click here to join ETS at your school today!  For more information, please check out our website at www.yc.edu or contact Ms. Suzanne Johnson at (928) 277-3880.

Follow Up Parent Meeting, June 30th

Posted on 06/28/2021

Dear Mayer Unified School District families and staff,

There will be a follow up parent meeting:

  • Wednesday, June 30th, at 4:00 PM at Mayer High School old library.

We will be discussing:

  • Health & safety issues
  • Social emotional curriculum
  • Bullying
  • Federal ESSER III Grant funding

No registration is needed to attend. We look forward to seeing any of you who are interested on June 30th. For any questions please call the District Office at 928-642-1000.

Once again thank you for your support of Mayer Unified School District.

Sincerely,

Dean Slaga Superintendent

Parent Meeting Invitation, June 16

Posted on 06/03/2021

Dear Mayer Unified School District families and staff,

As we now move into our plans for the opening of school in August, we would like to invite all parents and guardians who are interested to a meeting on: Wednesday, June 16th, at 4:00 PM at Mayer High School.

These meetings will be conducted using the same format as last year as we navigated our COVID response. We value your input and will be focusing the meeting in 3 general areas: • Health and safety protocols for a safe school opening • Discussions surrounding bullying and social emotional health for our students • Federal grant dollars that require community input prior to allocation

Please register for the event on our district or school websites so we can have a headcount for the meeting space.

Link to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdxzBBBOBu3wFFo3AptOJpDPBbbTOrRMUErgS4e7KmCdhFGYw/viewform?usp=sf_link

We look forward to seeing any of you who are interested on June 16th. For any questions please call the District Office at 928-642-1000.

Once again thank you for your support of Mayer Unified School District.

Sincerely, Dean Slaga Superintendent

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