This week marked a significant milestone and exciting announcement for one of our fantastic clients. Balsz School District unveiled its new school — Tillman Middle School, previously Balsz Elementary School — at a special event for students and staff on Tuesday morning.
We were honored to be a part of this process from the start of the transition process for the school from an elementary school to a middle school in a strategic effort to better serve the district’s students. And we were proud to be part of the naming of the new school in honor of a great American hero, Pat Tillman.
Several dignitaries were in attendance on Tuesday, with Mayor Greg Stanton, Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone and Pat’s brother Kevin Tillman all sharing inspirational remarks with the students, faculty and media.
Superintendent Dr. Jeff Smith and the school’s principal Dr. Chad Smith also spoke about meaning of the school’s name and their vision for the future of Tillman Middle School.
The school will officially transition for the 2018-2019 school year and will serve as the district’s only dedicated middle school, welcoming sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. This change will help the district recruit and retain quality teachers, increase enrollment, better allocate resources and develop new educational programming.