Students Walk-Out

Posted on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 at 11:54 AM

Students left school early with signs protesting school funding, encouraging the community to pickup where the state won’t cover…

What are your thoughts?


Funding for education in Arizona has been a highly debated topic for some time now. Every school district in the state has seen their funding decrease year after year and Lake Havasu Unified School District #1 has not been immune to these cuts. As educators, we have turned to the state time and time again looking for answers on how to fund our schools. The answer that is handed down to us year after year is to go to our community for a bond or override. The bottom line is the state points its finger at the community to support education.

Recently our staff members received news that insurance rates for our Employee Benefit Trust were going to increase at an astronomical rate which would have an adverse affect on our staff members’ take home pay. As this news was shared, staff members of Lake Havasu Unified School District #1 gathered together to take a unified stand sending a message, “Enough is enough”. This message has been delivered to the district office as well as the Governing Board and staff was heard. Though this message has been delivered and heard in many ways by these two governing bodies, the problem remains at the state funding level. Evident in the ranking of per pupil funding by each state, Arizona is ranked 48th out of 50.

As Lake Havasu Unified School District #1’s staff has unified their stance, it has become highly publicized and is garnering much attention. Recently it has come to the attention of the Lake Havasu High School and Thunderbolt Middle School staff that students want to show their support by conducting a walk-out on Thursday April 28th at 10:00am. On multiple social media sites, Thunderbolt students have shared their plan to walk to the district office as well as down McCulloch Blvd with Lake Havasu High School students. This type of plan causes great concern for the safety of our students. Leaving school at this time of day would NOT constitute a full day of school and would need to be made up, which is counterproductive to students’ reasoning for walking out. When there are large groups of unsupervised teenagers, poor decisions may be made which can result in action by the law.

Thunderbolt and Lake Havasu staff cannot support this overt act to show support, however we do understand our students want to show support for our staff and be involved. We encourage our students to send their powerful message to our community in a similar manner as our staff through the use of planned and intentional presence at key meetings and events, through social media and through direct communication with our state leaders.

I urge you to have a conversation with your Thunderbolt student/s to help them understand there are different ways to show support for Lake Havasu Unified School District #1’s staff. I am thrilled we have students who want to show support, but I believe their efforts need to be directed to the correct venue and time.

I will be sharing a message from Mr. Becker, LHHS principal, with our students

I thank you in advance for your support in this matter and appreciate the support of the students towards our staff members.


Mari Jo Mulligan

Thunderbolt Principal

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111 comments on “Students Walk-Out”

  1. Chrissie Rymer Reply

    Does anyone realize how much the superintendent makes? Maybe she can collect less of a salary so the teachers could collect more.

    The median annual School Superintendent salary in Lake Havasu City, AZ is $148,170, as of March 24, 2016, with a range usually between $121,034-$178,784 not including bonus and benefit information and other factors that impact base pay. However, the salary for someone with the title School Superintendent may vary depending on a number of factors including industry, company size, location, years of experience and level of education. Our team of Certified Compensation Professionals has analyzed survey data collected from thousands of HR departments at companies of all sizes and industries to present this range of annual salaries for people with the job title School Superintendent in Lake Havasu City, AZ.

    • Bonnie Reply

      Do you understand that we do not have a superintendent currently?

  2. Tyler von Nieda Reply

    Hey kids, want to know how you can help? Do better in school! Funding is determined by success of students, so stop skipping school to smoke weed with your buddies and do the work 😀

  3. Michael Romero Usn Ret Reply

    The kids have no idea what they are doing, someone put the idea in their head, I was a student once and I had kids that were students and anytime a day off was offered they took it, it didn’t matter the reason, their duty right now is to learn, they will have plenty of time to protest when they graduate from school.

    • Elisa Toy Reply

      Us young adults know exactly what we are doing, and no, this idea was not put into our heads. This event was created by just us students. Teachers and adults had no influence on this decision. Yes, maybe some students took advantage of the opportunity, but a huge group of us that care about our teachers actually got the attention of Phoenix news stations. This was only a small step that could lead to greater accomplishments. Why wait until we are adults to learn about politics? Isn’t it better to start learning sooner?

    • Trent Tødd Reply

      Well said Elisa, we did this because we want to be able to learn and keep teachers. It certainly wasn’t a day off, I went to school and then stood outside the district office for 3 hours. Also as far as protesting after graduation rather then to right now, why would I do that? I would like to see changes happen while I’m still in school, these cuts are hurting my education.

    • Austin Walker Reply

      They all want to judge and be the first to say we are fucking up. But i dont see one adult on her thats agains the idea, helping anyone, or even throwing ideas for a better approach since we are so terrible of people and so uneducated. I lost faith in humanity a couple years ago, and people like the ones on this post dig thst hole a bit deeper. How about educate the world? Rather than sit behind your phone and tell us we did it wrong

    • Paul Reubens Reply

      “Us young adults know exactly what we are doing”

    • Lindsay Jd Kendall Reply

      Maybe you guys should try and support our youth in Lake Havasu instead of mocking them. Perhaps this is part of the issue in this area. Listen to their voice and see what they have to say. You assume because they are in High School they can’t have a voice, make educational thoughts and opinions. Listen to yourselves. I teach my young children to be free thinkers and to stand up for what they believe in- maybe you should do the same. Let’s be proud of our youth taking a stand.

  4. Guy Schmidt Reply

    So az is #48 out of 50, but if the school had more money then it means the kids would be more eager to learn and do better? cause apparently our school is so bad cause they have no money. I’m all for getting teachers better pay cause I know what it’s like to not get a raise, I work for the state and there has been no raises for 10 years and it all depends on the budget of az, and nobody’s voting in a raise for me.

  5. Susie Sangren Reply

    All Kids where all well behaved, there where quite few Adults along. Plus I saw Police watching out. I didn’t see any one misbehaving.


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