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Funds approved for Somerton High gym


Some interesting items on Wednesday evening's agenda for the Yuma Union High School District meeting.

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - The first Yuma Union High School District (YUHSD) meeting since school has resumed, was to a packed house, a full agenda over the course of two hours to break down, with presentations and items that were voted on.

The budget, dropout prevention, and the migrant education program were some of the main discussion points.

“We have a dropout rate that continues to decline we are at 2.14 percent for the 22-23 school year which is approximately 4 percent lower than the state average. We particularly want to highlight Vista High School has its lowest dropout percentage ever," stated Eric Patten from YUHSD.

Also, the 2023-24 internal budget was presented to the board.

The board also highlighted a group of students who represented Yuma who took part in the closeup program in our nation's capital.

"That's an opportunity for students across Arizona and other states to see democracy in action they get to meet their state representative their state congress person and just tour the city learn about the history of and come home with a new sense of what the united states political system is about another highlight," stated Patten.

The board approved a pay increase for substitute teachers of $9 per day.

As well as the approval of two construction projects taking place at the new Somerton High School.

One project includes the design of the performance gym.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 13.

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