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Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2006 10:11 am | Updated: 3:47 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Higley Unified School District governing board is expected to vote tonight on proposed boundaries for the 2007-08 school year.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the district office, 2935 S. Recker Road. The district is opening two schools in the fall — Chaparral Elementary School and Williams Field High School — making boundary changes necessary.

District administration is recommending approval of its original proposal, in which Chaparral would open with an estimated 584 students from Higley Elementary and Middle School, San Tan Elementary School and Coronado Elementary School.

Exceptions would be students in the triangular-shaped area bounded by Higley, Williams Field and Greenfield roads, who would have the option to attend Chaparral, and students in the area bounded by Higley, Pecos, Greenfield and Germann roads, who could attend San Tan in 2007-08 if they provide their own transportation. Those boundaries will likely be changed to accommodate growth.

Board member Ed Moore said at a work study Tuesday parents in those areas have said, “If you’re going to move me, move me now.” He agreed, and suggested giving them the option stay at Higley for one year if they provide their own transportation, instead of the other way around.

The district is also recommending that ninth and 10thgrade students from Gateway Pointe, Cortina, San Tan (east of Higley) and Chaparral (east of Higley) attend Higley High School and that ninth and 10th-grade students from Power Ranch, Coronado, San Tan (west of Higley), Chaparral (west of Higley) and Higley Elementary and Middle School attend Williams Field High School.

Administration recommends there be no grandfathering for either campus, requiring students to attend the school within their boundaries.

Williams Field will open with ninth and 10th grades.

Some parents have expressed concern that siblings may be split between campuses if they reside in Williams Field’s boundaries.

Other parents are worried that programs like marching band or athletics won’t be of the same caliber as Higley High School’s. Moore and board president Kim Anderson Williams Field students will have opportunities to build the school’s identity, set traditions and take on leadership roles unique to a new school.

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