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Tempe's McKemy Middle School could reopen with small IB program if override passes

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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 4:19 pm

McKemy Middle School could re-open with a small program next school year if the Tempe Elementary School District has the funds, its governing board agreed Wednesday.

The school was one of three closed in May 2011 due to declining enrollment in the Tempe school district.

The governing board voted 5-0 that it would put a Middle Years International Baccalaureate program at McKemy beginning in fall 2013 if the capital override renewal on the Nov. 6 ballot is approved by voters. The capital override currently provides about $5 million in funds for technology and textbooks to the district. It is in place for seven years, but must be renewed in the fifth year in order to be maintained at the full level.

The McKemy program would be located in the newer part of the campus. It could house up to 120 sixth-graders the first year, with it getting no bigger than 300 to 400 students by the third year, Superintendent Chris Busch said.

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