Voter approved bond dollars being used for Queen Creek school district

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The governing board for Queen Creek Unified School District has approved a bond project for a six classroom addition and kitchen renovation at Desert Mountain Elementary. This addition will bring the total square footage to match that of other elementary schools within the district.

Kitchen renovations will provide space for on-site food storage and food service preparation in order to feed more students. These changes provide sufficient space to accommodate Desert Mountain Elementary for the next several years, according to a press release.

The school board has approved additional square footage, parking and cafeteria seating at Queen Creek High School. The expansion will help provide the additional space needed due to the expanding growth in the district. Adding more space increases flexibility and efficiency, to accommodate the additional classrooms needed to meet each student’s educational needs. This bond project will accommodate the high school for the next several years.

QCUSD announced the board has adopted a reconfiguration of Gateway Polytechnic Academy to a pre-k-7 school starting with the 2016-17 school year and pre-l-8 school for the 2017-18 school year. The school is at 5149 S. Signal Butte Road in Mesa and uses the Mastery Learning Model and STEAM projects to achieve the highest level of student success. A tuition-based preschool will continue to be offered, with classes dependent on enrollment.

The board has also approved a new middle-grade configuration for two schools in the southern part of the district. Grade level configuration modifications will be made to both Newell Barney Junior High School  and the former Queen Creek Middle School and they will serve students in grades 6-8. Enrollment within QCUSD is growing at a rapid pace and both campuses serve as facilities to absorb future growth and expand opportunities for Queen Creek students. This grade-level reconfiguration will go into effect starting with the 2016-17 school year.

•Phase I renovation at the QCMS campus—QCUSD is committed to improving the physical environment of this campus to promote safety and learning among students, staff, and families. Therefore, the first phase of board-approved renovations will begin at this campus, at Ellsworth Drive and Queen Creek Road. Pre-construction work is in progress. This work will be funded by voter-approved bond monies and will, over time, improve the functionality, efficiency, and safety of this campus that was built around 1969. The architectural design of this campus will not only honor the rich history of the Queen Creek area, but it will embrace the 21st century learning that QCUSD is known for.

QCUSD will utilize Governing Board Policy JC to recommend, communicate, and establish attendance boundaries for the middle-grade schools mentioned above. All proposed changes to the attendance boundaries will have public comment opportunities and will be preceded by prior notification to those affected by the proposals.

As mentioned above, there are many transition tasks in the coming months and the QC community is encouraged to stay in tune with future announcements pertaining to the new changes occurring within the Queen Creek Unified School District.

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