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Pima Butte Earns A+ School of Excellence Award

Maricopa, AZ - February 16, 2024 – Maricopa Unified School District proudly announces Pima Butte Elementary School has been named an A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation.  This recognition distinguishes Pima Butte Elementary among 37 outstanding Arizona public schools honored for their exemplary commitment to student support, active teaching methodologies, nurturing climate, parental involvement, community cohesion, and visionary leadership.


Dr. Tracey Lopeman, Superintendent of the Maricopa Unified School District, remarked, "Pima Butte Elementary's achievement of the A+ School of Excellence award reflects the dedication and collaborative spirit of their educators, families, and community partners. This honor reaffirms their collective commitment to providing an environment where every student can thrive."

Principal Elizabeth Allison shared her enthusiasm, stating, "I am so proud of the hard work and dedication each and every staff member displays daily to do what is best for kids. Earning this designation is outstanding, but maintaining it through so many changes like COVID brings me so much more pride, as I hope it does for our entire school community. While our work continues, today is a day to celebrate!"

Now in their 41st year, the Arizona Educational Foundation has honored more than 800 schools total.  This is the second time Pima Butte has been recognized.  Schools receiving the A+ School of Excellence Award receive a monetary award of $500 and a banner to display on campus. Schools retain the A+ designation for four full school years, provided they maintain an "A" or "B" rating and continue to uphold the exceptional standards synonymous with A+ Schools.

For more information about the A+ School of Excellence program and the complete list of awardees, please visit the Arizona Educational Foundation website.