COOLIDGE — While the school year didn't officially begin for some affiliated districts until later, the Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology started in-person classes this week.
The school has emerged from the pandemic in stride, expanding its class offerings from nine to 17, adding new professional development opportunities for teachers and constructing new classroom space to accommodate the increase.
“We had a challenging year and still achieved a great deal of success,” Superintendent Mike Glover said. “There’s a lot of motivation and enthusiasm to return to normal status.”
Glover later told the Governing Board at their most recent meeting that well over 1,000 students had applied for CAVIT enrollment, although he was quick to point out “what’s on paper doesn’t always materialize." If every student who enrolled shows up to classes at CAVIT, it would represent almost a 50% increase over previous years.
CAVIT will be using grant funding of almost $100,000 on improvements to water heaters and additional sensor-activated water bottle filters. The upgrades were made with the intention of sanitization in all classrooms and providing students with more options around the campus to refill their water during hot afternoons.
The 2021-22 fiscal year budget was also formally adopted during the meeting, after having been approved earlier in the month.
Glover also praised the qualifications of new dental assistant teacher Sasha Czyzewski, who was a lead dental assistant instructor at Carrington College-Tucson and was previously involved with CAVIT in an advisory capacity.
Glover said the school would have official enrollment numbers to present at the next board meeting in August.