Squaw Peak Traditional Academy, in the Creighton School District, is a superstar school in the making. Its rebirth started with a local attorney, Renee Sandler Shamblin, and a very enthusiastic group of parents. They had a vision of a stellar neighborhood traditional school in the heart of Phoenix with a Spanish Immersion Program as its centerpiece -- and they made it happen. This school, located in the Biltmore area of Phoenix, near 32nd St. and Camelback Rd., has everything: a great facility, student diversity, active and involved parents, excellent and committed teachers, a caring and competent Principal, and a district Superintendent who actually listens to parents and cares about their viewpoint. It's a public school with a private school sensibility. The school's boundaries run north and south from Lincoln Dr. to Indian School Rd.; & east and west from 32nd Street to 40th Street. There's a groundswell of excitement about the new Squaw Peak Traditional Academy. Families are returning to their neighborhood school, knowing that their children will receive a top-notch education. What started as a trickle is becoming a flood, with waiting lists for the popular Spanish Immersion Program. Parents can now take the private school tuition they used to pay, and put the money away for their kids' college education.
A Creighton Override is on the ballot this November. A "Yes" vote will help maintain small class sizes and fund critical programs such as art, music, and P.E. Educating Arizona's children should be our number-one priority. That's why I'm voting "Yes" on the Creighton Override.
Gary J. Frank