EDUCATION Chandler USDboard reviews proposed high school boundary changes
NEWBOUNDARIES At a board meeting Sept. 23, the Chandler USD governing board received a presentation on proposed new high school boundaries. The new boundaries will take eect when the new school opens in 2021-22.
Basha High School current Moved to Basha High School Moved to new high school
Perry High School current/new high school Arizona College Prep Erie/ Chandler High School Casteel High School
BY ALEXA D’ANGELO
E. PECOS RD.
With the opening of the district’s seventh high school in the 2021-22 school year, Chandler USD ocials are proposing changes to the high school attendance boundaries. The Chandler USD board heard the administration’s proposal at a meeting Sept. 23 and is expected to vote on the changes Oct. 14. Craig Gilbert, the assistant superintendent of secondary education for the district, walked the board through the proposed changes. The boundary changes are the product of a year of planning and public meetings to get parent and resident feedback and work with the aected schools, Gilbert said. The Sept. 23 meeting did not mark the rst time the board has seen boundary recommendations, rather it represented the rst meeting where the recom- mendation they will vote on was unveiled. The recommendation would move Arizona College Prep Erie to the new, unnamed school— moving current students and sta with it—and would assign a section of students currently in the Perry High School attendance boundary to the new school beginning with the 2021-22 school year. The administration is also recommending moving a section of students from Perry High School to Basha High School and a portion of students from Hamilton High School to Chandler High School. These changes would not aect students currently enrolled in any of the high schools, but it would aect incoming eighth graders, Gilbert said. The new high school, located at Gilbert and Brooks Farm roads, will open with grades nine through 12 in the 2021-22 school year, Gilbert said, and all current freshmen through junior students at ACP Erie would attend the new high school in the 2021-22 school year, Gilbert said. According to Gilbert, “the proposed boundary changes help the district to establish long-term
Hamilton High School current Moved to Chandler High School
1 Arizona College Prep Erie 2 Chandler High School 3 Casteel High School HIGH SCHOOLS
4 Perry High School 5 New high school 6 Basha High School 7 Hamilton High School
SOURCE: CHANDLER USDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
boundary adjustments for all high schools, max- imize existing resources, relieve the increased projected enrollment at Hamilton and Perry high schools, develop new 9-12 grade high school bound- aries to keep enrollment between 1,500 and 2,000 students, ensure the least amount of disruption for students and families and broaden ACP Erie’s model of success to more students.” All current Hamilton and Perry high school students residing in the new boundaries will not change schools, according to the district. Bussing will continue for these students until the end of the 2023-2024 school year, according to the district.
A LOOKAT CHANDLER USD HIGH SCHOOL NO. 7
• Comprehensive high school • Academic emphasis • Advanced Placement • Dual-enrollment credit
• Electives • Enrollment based on approved boundaries and open enrollment
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