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Dr. Carriere

After accepting Principal Brian MacKenzie’s resignation at the March meeting of the Ajo Unified School District’s Governing Board, the Board and the Superintendent quickly began the process of hiring a replacement. It was the opinion of the Board and the Superintendent that there was enough “in house” leadership potential to limit the search for Mr. MacKenzie’s replacement to existing staff.

In April, Superintendent Bob Dooley posted internal advertisements for Mr. MacKenzie’s position and scheduled interviews for those candidates with the Governing Board. At the regular Board meeting on May 7, 2014, the Board unanimously appointed Dr. Lauren G. Carriere to serve as MacKenzie’s replacement effective 7/1/14.

Dr. Carriere has served the students of the Ajo Unified School District for the past 3 years as a Student Success Coach. According to Superintendent Dr. Dooley, she has been a key figure in helping staff increase the high school graduation rate to 84.4% in 2013, after that rate had lingered in the low 70% area a few years prior.

Dr. Carriere received her B.A. in Biology from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania; she received her M.A. in Student Development Administration from Seattle University in Seattle, Washington with a 4.0 GPA: she earned her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership with a 4.0 GPA from Seattle University as well. She was selected by Teach for America to participate in the Rural School Leadership Academy for 2013-2014. She resides in Ajo with her husband Denny.

Robert F. Dooley, Ed.D., Superintendent
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Ajo Unified School District includes Ajo Elementary School, Ajo Middle School, and Ajo High School. The Ajo Unified School District Web Site is a valuable resource for the Ajo Elementary, Ajo Middle, and Ajo High School students, Ajo Parents, Ajo Teachers, and the Ajo community.

On the Ajo Unified School District web site you will find the Ajo school calendar, a list of upcoming Ajo School events and Ajo Middle School and Ajo High School Sports events, a monthly article written by the Ajo Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Robert Dooley, Ajo School Teacher Bulletins, the Ajo Schools Principal Bulletins, Ajo School announcements and a list of teachers here at the Ajo Elementary, Ajo Middle, and Ajo High School and the best way to contact them.

If you have any questions regarding the Ajo Unified School District website or the Ajo Unified School District, please feel free to contact us at 520-387-5618.

Ajo Unified School District draws students from the western districts of the Tohono O'odham Reservation, Lukeville, Why, and Ajo, Arizona.

Ajo Elementary School includes grades Kindergarten through fifth (5), Ajo Middle School includes grades six (6) through eighth (8), and Ajo High School includes grades nine (9) through twelfth (12). Ajo Unified School District and the Ajo Schools are located in central Ajo, Arizona.

Vision: Everyone graduates college and career ready.

Mission: To cultivate the virtues of inquiry, industry, integrity and service.

The Ajo Unified School District offers Breakfast to students from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. Cost for full pay students is $1.00 and $0.30 for Reduced Priced Students. For more information please see the Breakfast & Lunch Menu.

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