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Welcome to SUSD, Mr. Ken VanWinkle!

We are so happy to have Mr. Ken VanWinkle here as our new superintendent! It will be a great opportunity to work with him and get to know him. To help you become a little more familiar with him, here is some information about him:

He was born and raised in Globe until Christmas of his junior year of high school when his family moved to Snowflake. He graduated from Snowflake High School in 1976. After high school he attended EAC for a semester and played baseball. He married his best friend's little sister, Roni Gibson! They went to NAU where he obtained a BS in Education, with a dual major: Special Education/Elementary Education. After he graduated they went to Snowflake where he was hired as a 6th grade teacher. He spent 12 years teaching 6th grade, serving as Jr. High counselor, teaching Jr. High special education, Jr. High PE, and 5th grade. He also coached Varsity Volleyball, JV Baseball, and Frosh Football. During that time he also spent his summers obtaining his MA in Counseling, then received his Principal certificate, and finally his Superintendent Certificate.

Further experiences include being hired as Assistant Principal/Athletic Director at Show Low High School and working there for three years, also coaching Volleyball during that time. He then applied for and was hired in Snowflake as a principal of a 4-6 school, then a year later took over as Snowflake High School principal. The Show Low High School principal position came available, and he was hired and worked there for three years before applying for and being hired as Superintendent in the Heber-Overgaard School District. He has really enjoyed his experiences in education and is so excited to begin this new phase as part of the Safford Schools TEAM.

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Welcome To Safford Schools!

We are happy to have you at Safford Schools! Below is information to help make a smooth transition for your child into a new school.

Before registering at an elementary school, students in Grades K-6 need to contact Mrs. Gail Curtis at the District Office, 734 11th Street, to find out which school has the fewest students in their grade. A form will be given to the parent to take to the school. Registration takes place at the school site. The secretaries at the school assign the teacher according to the fewest number of students in the class. The secretaries also provide parents with information regarding lunches, buses, etc.

When enrolling, students new to the District must bring please bring the following documents with you.

• Original birth certificate (not hospital copy)
• Immunization record.

Additionally, proof of residency by the parent(s) or guardian(s) must be provided in the form of one (1) of the following documents, which bear the parent or legal guardian’s full name and residential address or physical description of the property where the student resides (no P.O. boxes):
• Valid Arizona driver’s license, Arizona identification card
• Valid Arizona motor vehicle registration
• Valid United States passport
• Property deed
• Mortgage documents
• Property tax bill
• Rental agreement or lease (including Section 8 agreement)
• Utility bill (water, electric, gas, cable, phone)
• Bank or credit card statement
• W-2 wage statement
• Payroll stub
• Certificate of tribal enrollment or other identification issued by a recognized Indian tribe
• Other documentation from a state, tribal, or federal agency (Social Security Administration,
Veterans’ Administration, Arizona Department of Economic Security, etc.)

A form will be provided for the parent to sign, requesting records from the previous District.

Three and four-year-olds with special needs may request screening for preschool. For more information please call Mrs. Kristen Walker at 928-348-7045.

The daily schedule for each school is as follows:

Dorothy Stinson School starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m.

Lafe Nelson School starts at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 2:15 p.m.

Ruth Powell School starts at 8:10 a.m. and ends at 2:10 p.m.

Safford Middle School starts at 7:40 a.m. and ends at 2:58 p.m.

Safford High School starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 3:14 p.m.

Mt. Graham High School starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.

Students in Grades 7-8 will register for school at the Safford Middle School office at 612 11th Street. Please Safford Middle School web page for registration information.

New High School students, Grades 9-12, need to meet with a counselor before enrolling at Safford High School. The principal at our alternative high school, Mt. Graham High School, meets with students prior to enrolling. Please see Safford High School and Mt. Graham High School web pages for registration information.

Students residing outside District boundaries, wishing to attend Safford Schools, must submit an open enrollment application. Applications are available at the District Office or at this website in the section titled "Enrolling Students Information." If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Curtis at (928) 348-7007.

2015-2016 School Calendar

The 2015-16 School Calendar was approved by the Governing Board at the February Board Meeting on Thursday, February 12th and is available under "Downloads" on our website.

We would like to extend appreciation to those serving on the Calendar Committee.

School events can be viewed on each school's website by clicking on the calendar button once you navigate to each school's website. You can also subscribe to any of the calendars from the calendar page.

Crisis Response Team Available

Click here to be redirected to the Safford Schools Crisis Response Team Site.

Keep in Shape with our 100 Miles Program

Trying to get in better shape? Stay motivated by recording your mileage in our 100 Miles Progam.
  • Self-Reporting program based on integrity.
  • Open to SUSD employees, family, and friends.
  • Self-Reporting walking database for you to record your daily progress.
  • You do not have to walk every day or any minimum amount per day.
  • Record your progress in miles or steps.
  • Report a daily total for each day you walk.

  • Record on our WEBSITE! You can enter multiple days, see all of your entries, and view your progress.

    Map My Run is a great FREE website with a mobile app to help track your daily progress as you walk if you have a smartphone.

    Sponsored by SUSD Wellness Program
    Questions? Contact Susan Lindsey at or 928-965-3222.

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