Education is the Key To Our Success
by Mila Besich, Mayor, Town of Superior
As Mayor of Superior, I am fortunate to spend time working with our youth, talking with them and, most importantly, listening to their ideas and concerns. As we get closer to graduation day, I feel proud to see our students mark this important achievement in their lives, but sad to know that some may not remain in our community as they go on to pursue college or opportunities in the workforce.
We spend a great deal of time talking about the critical importance of education in the state of Arizona. In Superior, we are making great strides in delivering high-quality public education and preparing our students for college and career success.
For generations, Superior has had a rich tradition of graduating students who have gone on to become doctors, engineers, attorneys and either elected or professional leaders in the education, public and private sectors.
We celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni through the Superior High School Hall of Fame and invite them to speak to our students about how being from Superior is an asset to them. We are proud to have a lineup of professionals ready and willing to help our current students advance their careers.
As a Town, we have adopted the Expect More Arizona Progress Meter to measure educational achievement. We work hand in hand with the Superior Unified School District and our local community groups to help support the achievement of the Arizona Progress Meter goals. Our school district, in conjunction with the Cobre Valley Institute of Technology, offers a variety of career and technical education programs. Many of our students compete at both the state and national level in DECA and the Family Career Community Leaders of America programs.
We are excited about our multiyear comprehensive agreements with Resolution Copper Mining to provide additional funding for education, community and economic development in Superior. The education funding will go toward creating and sustaining a 21st century education environment and our metrics for this education agreement align with the metrics of the Expect More Arizona Progress Meter.
Our community has always supported our youth and education system. This May, our Superior Optimist Club will award eight graduating seniors with laptop computers. In fact, the Superior Optimist Club has awarded over 60 laptops to Superior graduates over the past 15 years. Laptops are awarded to students who achieve the honor roll the first three quarters of each school year from eighth grade through their senior year.
In addition, each year well over a million dollars in local, state and national scholarships are awarded to Superior High School graduates. That’s in addition to the tuition benefits awarded to our students through the Central Arizona College Promise for the Future Program.