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Superintendents, Community Leaders To Attend Summit Supporting Arizona Students

More than 30 school superintendents will sit down with hundreds of community leaders Thursday at Grand Canyon University, where the goal will be to come up with new ways they can work together to support Arizona students.

Schools are a doorway to a community’s needs, and kids flourish when educators and stakeholders collaborate, said Tracey Beal, executive director of School Connect, a Glendale-based nonprofit that organized the summit.

“Really what we’re asking is for community partners to come and really listen, ask good questions, and listen about how they can engage,” Beal said. “And what we’re hoping for is mutually beneficial partnerships.”

This is the third year School Connect has coordinated a summit of school officials and community leaders, and the biggest one so far, Beal said.  

Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.