Gilbert Public Schools picks Jared Ryan as director of community education


The founding principal at Campo Verde High School is returning to Gilbert Public Schools.

The district’s governing board appointed Jared Ryan as director of community education for 2019-20 at its Feb. 12 meeting.

Ryan left the district in 2014 to become principal at Red Mountain High School in the Mesa Public Schools district. Before Campo Verde opened in 2009, Ryan was principal at Canyon Valley School, the district’s alternative school.

“This will be a new role for me, but I’m excited,” Ryan told the board after his appointment. “I can’t wait to get caught up to speed.”

In his new role, Ryan will be in charge of the district’s preschool programs, before- and after-school programs, facility rentals, the GED program and enrichment programs, among other areas.

Prescription benefits

In other items, Business Services Assistant Superintendent Bonnie Betz and benefits consultant Aaron Polkoski told the board that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona has been selected as the provider network and CVS/Caremark as the prescription benefit manager for district employees in their benefits.

The choice of CVS/Caremark will save the district $4.7 million over three years from the projected increases in market trend rates. It also will guarantee fees for three years.

The choice of Blue Cross Blue Shield, which already was the provider network, will lock in fee guarantees for an additional four years.

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Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.
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