Office of Education

Today's News Herald: Havasu Schools Bringing Back Physical Education, Arts

June 7, 2018

Lake Havasu City schools will place a new emphasis on physical education, the arts and music when classes resume this fall.

The Lake Havasu Unified School District is planning to hire teachers to expand the programs at its six elementary campuses.

The plan is a result of Gov. Doug Ducey’s decision to spend more on education, said Superintedent Diana Asseier.

Administrators are asking the school board to approve a teacher compensation package that will allow it to hire four physical education teachers, two art teachers, and two music teachers, Asseier said.

“The move gives us the ability to have a P.E. teacher at every elementary school for year-round instruction, and every school will offer a semester of music and a semester of art.”

Currently, the district can only offer 12 weeks of each discipline, she said.

Although the school board has not adopted the recommendation, the district has received permission to post the jobs prior to its June 19 meeting.

“It would be way too late if we wait,” Asseier said. “We have to try to fill them now.”

Educators realize the importance of these classes, Asseier added. Physical education has a direct impact on mental health and the ability to learn, music enhances mathematics capabilities and art contributes to better reading and interpretation skills.

“These are things that kids really need to be exposed to,” Asseier said. “I’m excited.”

Board President John Masden said he is supportive of adding the positions.

“This is probably the right move,” Masden said. “You teach reading, writing, and arithmetic, but you have to create a well-rounded student. Things like physical education, art and music are the things that set up interactive boundaries more so than sitting at a desk and looking at a smartboard.”

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