Red Mesa Unified School District

Re-Opening School and Preparedness Meeting

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Key Points
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Important to community
Strengths, limits, benefit, threat
What are you committed to?
We are committed to excellence by being Red Mesa Strong
What is safe and sanitary?
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A message from our superintendent

Dear Red Mesa School District Family,

Andre Ponder

I am excited about the upcoming school year and feel privileged that the district gave me the opportunity to help lead as the new superintendent. It has been an amazing journey here in our school district, and just a few weeks ago, we were all-hands-on-deck in providing on-line learning and academic packets for our students. Currently, as a district, we are trying to process change and figure out how to plan effectively for the upcoming school year. Currently, the health of public safety of our staff and students is our number one concern, and we are working hard as a team on a weekly basis and will share our proposed plans with all stakeholders very soon.

Several questions and decisions are quite perplexing now, in that we don’t know what three months down the road will look like nor what the impact of COVID-19 will have on our community. Here in Red Mesa Unified School District, with the support and guidance of our local I.H.S. staff, our teachers, parent liaisons, support staff members, board members, security, and our athletic department, we are developing our plans for next year. This process will take some time as we make decisions based on best current knowledge and thinking.

For our planning, we would like to continue hearing from you, and if possible, share your thoughts and concerns on our previously shared survey. Please check our website or Facebook page for more information.

During these challenging times, I ask that we stay safe, wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash hands often, avoid large gatherings, and to keep offering kindness to each other. We are Red Mesa strong!

I am looking forward to the start of the 2020–21 school year.

Kind regards,

Andre’ L. Ponder

Andre’ L. Ponder
Superintendent Red Mesa School District

End of Year Survey

The purpose of the survey is to assess the needs and concerns of all stakeholders. The information you provided helps us to prepare for the upcoming school year. Keeping in mind that health and safety are our number one concern as we transition toward the opening of our campus to students, families, and staff. We are mandated and will follow all safety and health standards as best we can. Our district recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and intended to assist everyone in providing a safe and healthful workplace and learning environment for all.

School Board Candidate Filing Period - June 6 through July 6, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

A candidate for election or retention shall register as a committee if the candidate receives contributions or makes expenditures, in any combination, of at least $1,200 in connection with that candidacy.

Red Mesa Unified School District has one unexpired vacant two-year term to fill. The nominee petition of a person seeking to fill an unexpired vacant term for any public office shall designate the expiration date of the term following the name of the office he/she is seeking. A.R.S. 16-314 (D)

The Red Mesa School Board positions available to fill on November 3, 2020, are as follows:

  • There are three four-year term school board positions up for vote and one unexpired vacant two-year term.
  • Current four-year term school board members up for vote:
    Minnie John
    Sarah Lee
    Dr. Timothy Benally
  • Current two-year unexpired vacant term school board member up for vote:
    Perry Tso

Any qualified individual who has an interest in running as a candidate to fill the vacant positions need to first complete a candidate interest form available through the Apache County Superintendent's office or by contacting Red Mesa Unified School District executive secretary, Heather Atene, at (928) 656-4108 for a form.

Please see the 2020 school board election information packet for more information.