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Peoria Unified School District #11 provides primary and secondary education for most of Peoria, Arizona, parts of Glendale, Arizona and Youngtown, Arizona, a small portion of Surprise, Arizona, and a portion of Northwestern Maricopa County. With 39 schools, it is the third largest school district in Arizona.
Peoria Unified School District #11 began in 1888, covering 49 square miles (127 km2). During the first school year, the class size fluctuated from 5 to 15 students.
The following year the district opened with a class size of three students. Maricopa County was considering merging Peoria District #11 with Washington Elementary School District #6. According to William Bartlett: One day early in July, Mr. Mann, stopped a covered wagon along Grand Avenue; the wagon had several children inside. Mann discovered that the driver had 9 children and was heading to Phoenix or anywhere else that would provide employment, and told the driver "You have got a job right here". Eight of the Bills children enrolled in Peoria School and District 11 survived.
In 1905, the first building was destroyed by fire; a bond election to build a new school passed by only one vote. A controversy arose about how many rooms the new school should have; many residents claimed that Peoria would never need more than two rooms in a school. A $3,200 two-room school was finally built on 83rd Avenue and Madison Street.
Today, Peoria Unified School District contains 31 elementary schools, 7 high schools, an online school and a transitional high school. There are about 37,000 students in the district. Over the past twenty years, the district has built at least one school per year because of rapid growth in Glendale and Peoria.
In January 2005, the Marshall Ranch Jazz Band, under the direction of Jill Mahoney, was selected to perform along with Joey Sellers at the International Association for Jazz Education in Long Beach, California.
In May 2007, the PUSD Governing Board voted to completely close all high school campuses during lunch by taking away parental choice. A number of other metro Phoenix districts have made similar changes recently.
The PUSD Governing Board instituted a closed campus for the 2006–2007 school year. Despite a walkout , continuing rancor and conflict at the board meetings, and a petition signed by over 2600 parents and students, the governing board has stood firm on this, and students are now required to stay on campus throughout lunch time. Despite the new policy appearing to be a reversal of a policy approved in the 2005-2006 year, which allowed juniors and seniors with C averages to leave with parental permission forms signed, district spokesman Jim Cummings said the new rules do not alter past policy. The closed campus policy has remained in high schools throughout the district in the 2007-2008 year, and is scheduled to continue.
In March 2009, Peoria's Superintendent announced that up to 900 teachers may lose their positions in the district. This will most likely only affect those teachers who have only taught in the district for less than two years. In addition, teachers that are eligible for retirement or those who have retired already and are working under contract may be next on the chopping block. "We are preparing for the worst, but hoping for the very best," said Dr. Denton Santarelli, the Peoria Unified School District superintendent.
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