Queen Creek Unified School District plans groundbreaking ceremony on new school

The public is invited to attend a ground breaking ceremony for the new Queen Creek Unified School District’s Gateway Polytechnic Academy is set for 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, with festivities following. The school will be at 5149 S. Signal Butte Road in Mesa.

The ground breaking will be in collaboration with Orcutt Winslow Architectural Firm and CORE Consturction, according to a press release.

A Boy Scout Color Guard comprised of QCUSD students will present the colors,  and students will sing the national anthem and provide science and technology demonstrations.  Dignitaries from both Queen Creek and Mesa will attend, and planning principal Bill Schultz will serve as master of ceremonies. A light lunch will be provided by the district’s nutrition department.

Funding for the $17.5 million school was approved by voters as part of a successful bond election held in November 2014, according to the release. The 89,000-square-foot facility will accommodate growth in the district’s northern boundary, with the capacity to house 750 students. Judah Nativio, member of the QCUSD Governing Board and a resident of the area served by the new school, chaired a naming committee, which selected the name for the new school, per board policy.

The school will use the Mastery Learning Model, involving teachers, parents and children working together to achieve the highest level of success.  STEAM-Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math-projects will be included in many learning centers. A tuition-based Preschool will be offered, with classes dependent on enrollment.

Registration for Gateway Polytechnic Academy is under way, and open enrollment applications are being accepted.  School starts July 22. Call 480-987-5935 for more information.

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