The Mesa Unified School District governing board voted 5-0 to approve boundary changes for next school year in the wake of an earlier decision to close two junior high schools.
The board decided in November to close Brimhall and Mesa junior high schools as neighborhood campuses at the end of this school year.
The decision means as many as 1,700 junior high students will attend a school different than the one they are currently assigned to when classes begin in August 2012.
Most of the Brimhall students will attend Taylor Junior High. The remainder will be in the Fremont Junior High boundaries.
Students currently in the Mesa Junior High boundaries will be assigned to Rhodes, Kino, Stapley, Poston or Taylor junior highs.
Students in Mesa, as well as all students in Arizona, can apply to open enroll in any public school. The district will not know how many students will actually be at its junior highs until registration is complete in the spring and students show up to class next fall.
Michelle Reese, East Valley Tribune