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Sahuarita takes next step, partners with schools, community (Part 2)


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service

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Sahuarita’s efforts to support public education as a community priority are wide-ranging.

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A student takes part in an activity during a STEM festival in Sahuarita. Photo courtesy AZSciTechFestival

Elected officials take part in the monthly Sahuarita WINS meeting, facilitated by Sahuarita Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Manuel Valenzuela that brings together regional partners from business and development, mining and agricultural, non-profits, the faith-based community and others to discuss what is happening in the community.

“By bringing various sectors of our community together on common ground it provides a mechanism to address issues, share ideas, and open doors for opportunities for our residents, including graduates and disconnected youth,” Blumberg said.

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Flyer courtesy of Sahuarita Teen Advisory Council

The Town of Sahuarita also works closely with the Sahuarita Unified School District to host an annual Arizona SciTech Festival where students in sixth- through eighth-grade enjoy a day of interactive experiences with a variety of vendors in the STEM fields, said Mayor Duane Blumberg.

In addition, the Sahuarita Teen Advisory Council “advises the town council on issues affecting teens in our community.

The Sahuarita Teen Advisory Council also works with the parks and recreation department to present events for teens like the Film Festival, Teen Olympics, Memorial Color Fun Run and the Battle of the Bands,” Blumberg said.

Any student grades 9-12 a and at least 13 years old are eligible.

“We feel this is a great opportunity to get students involved and engaged in their community early on,” Blumberg said.

Blumberg said he is interested in assisting Sahuarita Unified School District  in expanding Mustang High School, the alternative high school that provides ways for students who might not otherwise fit the mainstream educational track to graduate.

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Sahuarita Mayor Duane Blumberg. Photo courtesy the Town of Sahuarita

“The program is limited by space and funding and SUSD would like to expand into a larger facility that is already available to them,” Blumberg said.

Blumberg said he is working with Sahuarita Unified Supt. Dr. Manuel Valenzuela and his administrators in efforts to bring together local resources, such as business owners, who can provide assistance.

“The success of Arizona’s young people is vital to the stability and success of our communities and state as a whole,” Blumberg said.

“These youth are the next generation of employees and employers and having them educated and working provides for a more robust employment sector, reduces unemployment rates, and is ultimately better for the economy as a whole,” Blumberg said.

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Part 3: What cities are doing to help students
and
Part 1: Billions in the balance: Mayors sound alarm, join forces to improve grad rates