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Welcome to Pine Strawberry Elementary School District (PSESD) located in the beautiful Rim Country and the ponderosa pines of Central Arizona! PSESD is a continuation of a tradition of excellence in education beginning with the establishment of the Strawberry Schoolhouse in 1884. PSESD continues to provide the children in our district with an outstanding educational experience.

A cornerstone of the District's vision is our commitment to facilitating the development of the whole child by creating an environment in which all students will achieve success, become productive individuals and the development of a positive home/school/community partnership. The partnership is committed to the development and implementation of effective educational programs that provide students with a comprehensive curriculum and education. This commitment has fostered a community and school district that preserves family and small town values. In addition, PSESD has placed a strong emphasis on teaching the fundamentals using innovative teaching strategies and interventions and is always exploring and implementing technologies to facilitate student success.

PSESD remains committed to creating and maintaining a vibrant and strong school system as we face challenging times over the next decade. We will meet the needs of our students and families and preserve the values that have served the District for the past 126 years. We are firm in our belief that all children can meet their potential.We hope you enjoy our website. In the website you will find information about our school and the District. If you have any questions about our District that are not answered on the website, please feel free to contact us and we will be glad to help you find what you're looking for.

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Pine Strawberry School District #12
Definition of Teacher Under ARS § 15­977 I01­014 (R01­020)

The Pine Strawberry School District #12 has officially approved the definition of "teacher" in response to meeting the Arizona State Legislature’s request.  On June 20, 2018 the Pine Strawberry Governing Board approved the definition of “teacher” using the Classroom Site Fund – A.G. Opinion I01-014.

Classroom Site Fund Definition A.G. Opinion I01-014 –concludes that the term “teacher” is not limited to traditional classroom teachers. “School districts and charter schools may use such funds for compensation increases for certified or certificated teachers and others employed to provide instruction to students related to the school's educational mission.” An employee who receives base compensation from Prop. 301 monies would also be eligible to receive a salary increase as a teacher. It should be noted, however, that subsequent court rulings and attorney general opinions have narrowed this definition to those possessing a teaching certificate and who spend at least 50% of their time devoted to instruction central to the school’s educational mission. (Reeves v. Barlow, A.G. Opinion I13-005)
                                                                                                 PSGB Approval 20June2018

Pine Strawberry School District #12
Certified Teacher Salary

Average Teacher Salaries (A.R.S. §15-903.E, amended by Laws 
2018, Ch. 285, §10)

Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2020 (budget year)                     $56,094.73
Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2019 (prior year)                         $49,060.53

Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2018                                           $44,268.86

The average salary does not include incentives, stipends and health benefits.

Dollar increase in the average salary of all teacher                                              $11,303.06

Percentage increase                                                                                            21%

Comments on average salary calculation:  The average salary of all certified teachers employed at Pine Strawberry School District in FY2019 on based calculations from August 2018. The School District is discussing further potential increases pending finalization of the FY2020 Budget.  The above salaries are based on signed contract amounts, and do not reflect additional funds to such as: Insurance, Stipends, Incentives, Continuing Education and Endorsements.  

Factors Considered: 

·         The average classroom size (K-8) for the FY2019-2020 was 14 student per grade (one class per grade).

·         The School District was financially impacted with increased Health Care Cost for FY2020.

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