Student Government in Phoenix Union has a new officer position

Posted by Communications on 11/23/2016

Student Governments in Phoenix Union have a new officer position—Sustainability Officer.  Fourteen schools selected sustainability officers dedicated to help promote recycling, water conservation, clean air and other objectives.  On November 17, the students and the Student Council Sustainability Officers Initiative was introduced by City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.  Three years ago, Bioscience High School was the first to have a sustainability officer, who worked with the city’s sustainability office.  This partnership with Phoenix and the ASU School of Sustainability is the first of its kind in the nation to have dedicated student sustainability officers.  The program is designed to improve sustainability literacy in public schools, and provide opportunities for students to become sustainability leaders.  ASU will provide leadership, resources and scholarship opportunities for the students.  The 13 student officers met for an orientation after the announcement.


Over 150 employees attended the Phoenix Union Employee Appreciation and Awards Reception, November 17, at the Metro Tech banquet room, honoring employees who reached their 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 30 and 35-year service milestones at the end of last school year.  In all, 475 employees reached those marks last year.  Thirteen have been with the District for 30 years, and one individual, Albaro Portillo, who retired last year, hit the 35th year.  20, 25 and 30-year employees received plaques and service pins.  Five, 10 and 15-year employees received certificates and service pins.  Governing Board President Lela Alston, who always attends this event, was surprised when Superintendent Chad Gestson presented her with a shadow box of service pins for her 34 years of service at Phoenix Union High School District.  Alston once mentioned she had never received a pin.  She retired a year before this event began.   Alston is all Phoenix Union.  She attended Phoenix Union High School and taught home economics from 1968 to 2002 at West High, Maryvale, Alhambra, Metro Tech and Bostrom.  She has served on the Governing Board for eight years, and will begin her third term in January.