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Posted: Friday, March 30, 2007 7:12 am | Updated: 6:33 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

An attorney for Shea Homes wrote to the Chandler Unified School District superintendent and governing board this week, asking the district to reconsider boundaries for Riggs Elementary School that sits on land the homebuilder had donated.

The letter by attorney Clint Bolick, president and general counsel for the Alliance For School Choice, was delivered to the district Wednesday, according to a news release.

A copy of Bolick’s letter attached to the release suggests Shea Homes may pursue legal action if the boundaries for Riggs in the Seville community are not changed.

In the letter addressed to Superintendent Camille Casteel, Bolick wrote that school boundaries “are subject to the constitutional guarantees of access” to equal education, and that Shea Homes believes the district’s decision to divide the Seville community was “arbitrary and capricious.”

Based on the boundaries, some students in Seville will attend Riggs while others will continue to attend Weinberg Elementary. Bolick wrote that Shea had a “reasonable expectation” that Riggs would serve all Seville residents.

District spokesman Terry Locke said the boundary decision was based on what was best for all students in the district and to provide longterm stability for the school. The district’s attorney is reviewing the letter.

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