The Higley Unified School District presented proposed boundaries this week for its new middle schools, which will open in fall 2013.
Under the proposal, Gateway Pointe, Higley, Chaparral and Coronado elementary schools would feed into Cooley Middle School, which will be built at Cooley Station. Students would then attend Williams Field High School. Students at Centennial, Cortina, Power Ranch and San Tan elementary schools would attend the yet-to-be named middle school that will sit in Sossaman Estates. Students would then attend Higley High School.
Any student can apply for open enrollment within the district to attend the school of his or her choosing. Applications are due March 1. Students in grades eight through 11 currently attending or slated to attend Higley or Williams Field high schools would be allowed to stay on that path under the recommendation.
Voters in Higley gave the district authority to enter into a long-term lease, though they turned down two budget overrides, on Nov. 6. The district — the only one in the East Valley that still operates with K-8 schools — will transition to K-6 elementary schools, seventh- and eighth-grade middle schools, and ninth through 12th-grade high schools beginning with the 2013-14 school year. The new schools will be built by outside groups on land owned by the district. Higley will then enter into a lease-to-own agreement for the schools and the equipment inside them.
The boundary recommendations are online at husd.org. A second public forum will be 6 p.m. Dec. 6 in the district office, 2935 S. Recker Road. The governing board will discuss and vote on the recommendations 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18.
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