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Committee to give board report on Gilbert Classical Academy

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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 3:38 pm | Updated: 8:40 am, Fri Aug 2, 2013.

A committee asked to look a Gilbert Classical Academy and whether or not the program should be expanded will present to the district governing board 7 p.m. Thursday at the district office, 140 S. Gilbert Road.

The committee was created by the Gilbert Unified School District governing board last spring after the board reversed a prior decision to close Gilbert Junior High School and move Gilbert Classical Academy onto that campus.

Gilbert Classical Academy was created 2007 to offer a rigorous, classical educational option to students. Admission is through open enrollment - no testing is required - and students must all take honors and Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum, that includes Latin and Spanish, music and community service.

The school now takes up a part of the former Greenfield Elementary School site.

According to a report by the committee posted online, Gilbert Classical Academy uses 28 classrooms. Next year, 10 of those will be portable classrooms.

"Orchestra is housed in what used to be the maintenance storage room. Band occupies the former computer lab. The physical education facilities include a multipurpose room (which is also the cafeteria and auditorium), an outside basketball court, a three-quarter sized soccer field, and boys and girls locker room located in a portable classroom (with no bathroom or shower facilities)," according to the report. The student athletes use the gymnasium at the district office for basketball and volleyball.

Seven of the committee members recommended expansion of the program. Two did not.

A separate committee presented a report on excess space in the district earlier this summer.

That committee found there’s space in the district for another 570 elementary students, 625 junior high students and 500 high school students, but it's scattered around.

The board could give direction to the committee on steps to take next.

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