County supervisor tours Vail school looking for ways to better TUSD
While Tucson Unified School District students are returning to the classroom Thursday, a Pima County official is taking notes on another local school district.Photo: Video by kgun9.com
VAIL, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - While Tucson Unified School District students are returning to the classroom Thursday, a Pima County official is taking notes on another local school district.
Looking after schools does not fall under her job description, but Pima County District One Supervisor Ally Miller says she gets asked lots of questions about under achieving schools and the need to pump more money into them.
Nine on Your Side tagged along as Miller visited Andrada Polytechnic High School in the Vail School District. It is the second year for this Career and Technical Education (CTE) school, meaning students essentially pick a major, either in bio-science, health or transportation.
The visit was to find out what makes Polytechnic H.S. unique, Miller said. During her tour, Miller also asked administrators questions about what makes the entire district successful.
"They are doing this on less dollars per student than TUSD, and they're being very successful, so I think it is something we really need to explore and understand it," Miller said. "Why are they so successful and what exactly are they doing, and benchmark those practices and move them into other schools."
Miller said she is impressed with how much the Vail district is community-oriented, including how much parent feedback goes into school planning.
Miller plans to go on similar tours at school in TUSD and other districts, she said.