Of four options presented to Spectrum Elementary School parents for a new school, two stood out among the rest.
A recently released report summarizing parents’ responses to each option for Gilbert Unified School District’s 28th elementary school opening in the fall showed parents favored either an early childhood learning school or a boundary option that would keep more established neighborhoods at Spectrum.
The governing board is expected to determine the direction of the new elementary school at its meeting on Tuesday.
The board meeting has been moved from the district office to Mesquite High School, 500 S. Mc-Queen Road, in case there are more attendees than the board room can accommodate.
The first phase of the new school will open in the fall with a capacity for 400 students.
The board previously delayed a vote on boundaries for the new school to get more input from the community about what it would like to see.
On March 7, close to 300 parents and community members attended a meeting at Spectrum to learn more about various options for the new school.
Jeff Peters of Capacity Builder Resource Group moderated the forum and generated a report outlining the options and community feedback. The report is available online at www.gilbert.k12.az.us under “District News.”
The early childhood learning center option would have pre-kindergarten through first or second grade at the new campus with a focus on how students learn at those levels.
According to the report, parents said that option is innovative and “maintained the continuity of the school and community.”
Concerns, though, were expressed over the loss of a “neighborhood” elementary school.
The boundary option favored by parents would see 967 students at Spectrum in the fall, with 294 at the new school.
Parents liked that the more established communities remained at Spectrum with this option. They also commented that the boundaries were “more logical and natural.”
Some parents said this option would not reduce overcrowding “to the extent most desirable,” that there would not be enough students to fill the new school and start-up costs borne by parents would be too much given the size of the school community.
School board meeting
What: Gilbert Unified School District Governing Board Meeting
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Mesquite High School, 500 S. McQueen Road
Topic: Decision on distribution of students within current Spectrum attendance area and adoption of 2008-09 school calendar