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The first projects to be paid for by a recently approved $230 million school bond program in Mesa could include the demolition of Mesa Junior High School buildings and the purchase of 66 propane-operated vehicles, leaders said Tuesday night.
Mesa students will see new computers, Dobson High School will get new classrooms, and the district’s transportation centers will be rebuilt after voters approved a $230 million bond program Nov. 6.
Declining enrollment means Mesa's 13 junior high schools have space for 3,600 students who aren't there.
Mesa voters will cast ballots Nov. 6 for two bond issues – one for the schools and one for the city.
Mesa and Chandler school districts may join the ranks of other districts in Arizona that are unable to sell voter-approved bonds in the future because of the recent housing crash.
An education transformation is underway in Mesa.
Higley Unified School District’s governing board is opposing a planned 4.8 percent increase in electric rates by SRP, and is hoping other school districts take similar action.
The Mesa Unified School District’s elected leaders will start examining elementary school enrollment and trends Tuesday, looking at whether or not there will be school closures or the merging of campuses in the future.
A Mesa facilities planning committee will recommend closing a handful of elementary schools and rebuilding when appropriate when it finalizes its recommendation next week for the district governing board.
Facing $145 million in needed building renovations and construction, the Mesa Unified School District will craft a facilities plan for the governing board in the next few months in order to decide whether to put a bond issue on the November ballot.
The community can participate Tuesday in the first public hearing about recommendations to close Mesa Junior High School and move students from three Franklin campuses to Brimhall Junior High School next school year.
A potential bond question for Mesa schools may be smaller than a community committee recommended, based on a discussion this week by the district’s governing board.
The Mesa school board was not ready to commit to the idea of closing elementary schools Tuesday without diving into more data from the district.
The Mesa Unified School District governing board could vote as soon as November to close Mesa Junior High School and convert Brimhall Junior High School into a Franklin back-to-basics campus next school year.
Mesa Junior High School -- which opened 59 years ago -- will close at the end of the school year.