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.”
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.
Burbank, Calif., jumped to an early lead, then iced the game with a 10-run seventh inning Monday, in a 15-4 consolation victory over Apache Junction, completing participation for both teams in the Little League West Regional Junior Softball Tournament at Tucson. Apache Junction (2-3 in the West Regional) trailed 5-0 before scoring twice in the fifth inning.
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.
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.
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.
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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