Dr. Chad Wilson will receive $41,201.70 for earned, but unused vacation and sick leave time, with no further monetary compensation.

AJUSD Board Revises Dr. Wilson’s Severance Agreement

By Dana Trumbull

On July 18, 2017, the Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board released a public statement about a revised severance agreement between AJUSD and former superintendent Dr. Chad Wilson. The statement explains, “Because Dr. Wilson’s contract did not expire until June of 2018, the parties had entered into a severance agreement in December, 2016 to end the employment relationship prior to the end date of the contract. More recently, the parties determined that it was appropriate to revise the agreement. Pursuant to the terms of the new agreement, Dr. Wilson has agreed to forgo monetary payments that would otherwise have been paid to him with the exception of his sick/personal time that had been earned during his 17 years in the district.”

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Mining Camp Restaurant Burns Down

An early morning fire on July 25 consumed the Mining Camp Restaurant in the foothills of Superstition Mountain, taking with it 56 years of history.

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New Four Peaks Principal Karl Waggoner

Board members agreed unanimously to approve the hiring of Karl Waggoner as the new principal of Four Peaks Elementary School, 1785 N. Idaho Road, Apache Junction.

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Justice of the Peace Districts Changing

Pinal County Board of Supervisors voted to reduce Pinal County’s Justice of the Peace Districts for 2018 election. The reduction comes after a study found that the Apache Junction Justice Court is nearing critical capacity when it comes to caseload.

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Fire District Called to Blaze in AJ

A house in the 400 block of South Grand, near Broadway in Apache Junction caught fire last Tuesday night and suffered extensive damage to its kitchen and patio.

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AJ Woman Charged with Fraud

Police have arrested an Apache Junction woman on felony fraud in a possible pet breeding ring and are asking for the public’s help in possibly leading to additional charges.

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Scout Project Adds Trees to AJHS

If you drive by Apache Junction High School on Ironwood Road, you will notice that sixteen saplings have suddenly sprouted in front of the administration building.

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Outlaws 1-1 at West Regional

After a Thursday rain delay, Apache Junction’s State championship junior softball team opened play on Friday (July 21) in the West Region tournament at Arthur Pack Regional Park in Tucson. Though the Outlaws (18-4 overall) lost their opening round game, they bounced back in the second round to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament.

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City to Recognize Purple Heart Day

The Apache Junction City Council will meet this week on Monday, July 17 for a work session and on Tuesday, July 18 for a regular session. At the Tuesday night session, Mayor Jeff Serdy will read a proclamation declaring August 7, 2017 as National Purple Heart Day. Two and a half years ago, Apache Junction was designated a Purple Heart City by the Military Order of the Purple Heart when MOPH installed chapter 2560 in the city.

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City Oleander Ordinance Nixed

The Apache Junction City Council voted to deny consideration of an ordinance that would seek to control the growing, size and maintenance of oleanders, “accessible to horses on adjoining properties or in such a manner in which the leaves are (not) contained on the property from which the plant is maintained...” The motion failed to pass by a vote of 5-2, with Mayor Jeff Serdy and Vice Mayor Chip Wilson voting in favor of the proposed ordinance.

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Prepare for Rain

With the monsoon season’s arrival, one of the most challenging consequences we face in Apache Junction is how the water travels through our city. The city has several washes and retention basins throughout that collect water and lead to runoff across roads and yards. Residents are encouraged to prepare for the upcoming rainy season by clearing out brush, debris or trash from areas on their property where water flows.

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Special Teen Night

The Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center staff, along with the Apache Junction Youth Advisory Council, will host an exclusive night just for teens. On Friday, July 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center, teens age 13-17 are invited to join AJ Parks & Rec for swimming and fun activities.

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