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Posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2007 5:22 am | Updated: 6:32 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A boundary change to accommodate a new elementary school in Gilbert was tabled Tuesday night to allow for more community input.

The first phase in construction of Gilbert Unified School District’s 28th elementary school is under way. The building has enough space to serve 400 students and is scheduled to open in the fall.

District administrators had recommended a boundary change that would have let the school open with almost 250 students — 80 from neighborhoods where housing is still under construction.

After listening to parents’ concerns, the board tabled the proposal in favor of exploring additional options and giving parents another opportunity to voice their preferences.

Spectrum parent Stacey Gin said she would like to see more consideration given to splitting the two schools, with younger students at the new school and older students at Spectrum. The board appeared to welcome the feedback.

“Not many of us are comfortable with the boundary as recommended,” board president Thad Stump said. “We probably should go back to the community (and) explore options.”

Spectrum principal Mike Hallock is expected to notify parents today about a future community meeting.

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