Desert Sands Middle School motivates, educates, and inspires students to achieve individual academic excellence. Our hard-working, highly-qualified staff members work hard to ensure all students recieve the quality education they deserve. We also offer a broad array of clubs, programs, and sports so all students have a rich and meaningful middle school experience.
Dear Parents, Students and Staff:
Welcome back to what promises to be another exciting year at Desert Sands Middle School. Our hard-working, highly qualified teachers and staff members are committed to ensuring that all students receive the quality education they deserve. We also offer a variety of athletic opportunities, clubs and programs so that all students can have a rich and meaningful middle school experience.
I look forward to seeing all of you at the various events that are planned for this year. Parents, I invite you to take advantage of the wide variety of opportunities available for you to be an active part of the successes that your students will achieve. Please feel free to contact me at any time to discuss your ideas, questions or concerns. I look forward to partnering with you to provide the best middle school experience possible for your children.
The Minimum Wage and Paid Time Off Initiative, also known as Proposition 206, was approved on November 8, 2016.
Proposition 206 is designed to increase the minimum wage to $10 in 2017, $10.50 in 2018, $11.00 in 2019, and $12 in 2020. Starting in 2021, the measure will increase the minimum wage based on the cost of living index for Arizona. Effective July 1st, the initiative also guarantees 40 hours of annual paid sick time to employees of businesses with 15 or more employees and 24 hours to those of businesses with less than 15 employees. The measure entitles employees to accrue one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. The measure permits earned paid sick time to be utilized for an employee's medical care, an employee's need to care for a family member, a public health emergency or addressing domestic violence.
For Cartwright School District, more than 700 employees will be impacted, with a recurring annual cost in excess of $650,000.