Gilbert Public Schools board approves results-based funding distributions

Jill Humpherys
Gilbert Public Schools governing Board Member Jill Humpherys talks about why she dislikes the state's results-based funding program. Humpherys, however, voted to approve the distribution to 10 schools. (Screen capture from YouTube)

Gilbert Public Schools governing Board Member Jill Humpherys talks about why she dislikes the state's results-based funding program. Humpherys, however, voted to approve the distribution to 10 schools. (Screen capture from YouTube)

The Gilbert Public Schools governing board approved on Jan. 25 the distribution of its state-allotted, results-based funding to 10 qualifying schools.

The district qualified for nearly $1.36 million in funding based on 2019 state student performance data as defined by formula in state statutes.

The 10 qualifying schools are: Ashland Ranch Elementary, Canyon Rim Elementary, Carol Rae Ranch Elementary, Gilbert Classical Academy, Greenfield Elementary, Harris Elementary, Highland Park Elementary, Neely Traditional Academy, Patterson Elementary and Quartz Hill Elementary.

Qualifying professional staff will receive an $800 stipend based on their full-time equivalency, and current qualifying support staff will receive $400 based on their full-time equivalency.

These stipends will be distributed to the employees in one check scheduled for the March 1 pay date.


Though the vote was unanimous, Board Member Jill Humpherys registered her ongoing objection to the program.

“All of our teachers work hard—they really do—to bring our children to a place of learning and to accomplishment,” she said. “When we measure that by a standardized test, I don’t really feel that is a fair measurement to many of our students. People are learning whether they reach a certain place on a standardized test or not.”

The district will use the remaining funds to assist in replicating and maintaining successful school programs in GPS, such as traditional, acceleration and other school choice programs.

The board also conducted first reads on four policy changes:

  • The handling of year-end budget balances on maintenance and operations funds so that they can be carried forward.

  • Making it so that providing a working breakfast or lunch to staff up to four times per year will not be considered a gift.

  • A change in graduation requirements for Gilbert Classical Academy to allow one less fine arts credit and one more elective credit.

  • Editorial changes to the open enrollment policy with a requirement that the policy be posted on the website with each school’s capacity and current enrollment along with a nondiscrimination notice.


The first reads were unanimously approved and will be brought to the board again at a future date for a second read and final adoption.
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.