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CUSD adapts to population shifts High demand for back to basics curriculum


by Miriam Van Scott


Even as the current school year draws to a close, local education officials are busy laying the groundwork for the SanTan Sun area’s academic future. New construction, repurposed campuses and innovative charter schools now in the pipeline will soon provide Chandler parents with a wide range of educational options designed to accommodate the city’s diverse and expanding student population. “We are embarking on a campaign called ‘The Choice is Yours’ that outlines all that Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) has to offer to parents,” explains CUSD spokesman Terry Locke. “We firmly believe we


Returning mayor preps for State of City


by Ann N. Videan, APR


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NEW SCHOOL: Athlos Traditional School, a new charter school under construction in Southern Chandler, is slated to open this fall and will focus on healthy living and fitness.


can meet the needs of all students in our community and have developed the programs to make this happen.” This latest project reflects Chandler’s long-standing emphasis on making education a top priority by focusing on ways to improve and expand scholastic choices.


See CUSD Page 6 Security doors shut out crime by K. M. Lang Submitted photo


BYE BYE BOLTS: A truly secure door has no bolts outside that criminals can remove, according to expert Michael Maher of Steel Shield Security Doors.


With more than 7,000 burglaries and thefts in Chandler last year, and a troubled economy making criminals bold, a growing number of homeowners are trusting in security doors to protect their belongings and themselves. Although security doors can be useful in preventing break-ins and can even enhance a home’s appearance, experts point to several factors a homeowner should consider to ensure that their security door lives up to its name. “The most important thing is the way it’s fastened to the house,” says Michael Maher, owner of Steel Shield Security Doors & More. Maher says if a door is mounted to the outside of the house, a burglar with the right tools can remove the mounting screws within minutes – and the door with it.


See Security doors Page 12 by Alison Stanton bikes.


Rocco only got the chance to race about once a month or so, like when he and his family traveled from their Chandler home up to Flagstaff. It was fun, he says, but not anything he wanted to do all of the time.


But when Rocco’s dad, Jeff, turned 40 a few years later and treated himself to a street bike for his milestone birthday, Rocco


Rocco races into the future When Rocco Horvath was 11 years old, he started racing dirt


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RACER: Rocco Horvath, 16, who lives with his family in Riggs Country Estates, races motorcycles.


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InfoMap gets makeover


Chandler Insider Page 10 Hidden treasure Business Page 14 Otaku restaurant Neighbors Page 43


New Vistas goes to Disneyland


Youth Page 55


Clip it! Center spread


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MAYORAL ADDRESS: Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, here in front of the new Chandler City Hall, takes a hands-on, open-door approach to managing all constituents in his city.


Neighborhood initiatives, economic development successes and budget considerations are on Mayor Jay Tibshraney’s mind, and those items are likely to take center stage May 24 as he presents his first State of the City address since returning to his former post in January for a fifth term.


The mayor credits his continued Chandler involvement during eight years in the Arizona State Senate with helping him experience a smooth transition back into his mayoral role


“I’m glad to be back serving. We’re rolling back our sleeves and working,” says Tibshraeny.


Accomplishments


Progress with three positive neighborhood initiatives will be covered in Tibshraeny’s address. These include his Listening Tour, which provides an open forum for residents to speak out on neighborhood challenges. The Traditional Neighborhood Academy teaches non- HOA neighborhoods how to better keep their areas vibrant, and the Voluntary Demo program supports removal and/or replacement of blighted buildings.


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