GPS Board listens to public comment regarding Gilbert Junior High School
Public meeting held at Gilbert Junior High School

(Gilbert, Arizona) -- About 100 people Thursday night attended a public meeting at Gilbert Junior High School to make their concerns heard regarding the school’s potential closure.

The Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board scheduled the meeting to obtain public comment regarding possible boundary changes if the school should close.

Several factors are leading Gilbert’s Board to consider the closure of the school, located on 1016 North Burk Street, which include substantial declining enrollment.

The projected enrollment for the 2017-18 school year is about 400, while the school’s building capacity is for 1,200 students.

Gilbert wants to use the junior high’s building and resources more efficiently.

Other reasons the Board is considering are a need to continue offering Gilbert Junior’s students a full academic program of core and elective courses, as well as a plan to repurpose the building into a permanent and bigger location for the Gilbert Classical Academy.

About 20 people who attended Thursday’s meeting spoke before the five members of the governing board, both for and against closing Gilbert Junior and the proposed boundary changes.

The Board will further discuss the options regarding the school at its regular meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m.

An opportunity for public comment will be available at this meeting.

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