Mesquite Junior, Gilbert Classical Academy report successful transitions
Governing Board Meeting Highlights: August 22, 2017
Gilbert Classical Academy Principal Dan Hood.

(Gilbert, AZ) -- Three weeks into the 2017-2018 school year, the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board held its first regular meeting where they heard, discussed, and voted on a variety of agenda items.

As the new school year started, the Gilbert community transitioned two of its junior high schools - Mesquite Junior 
High and Gilbert Classical Academy - to accommodate a larger student population in its campus and adapting to a larger facility, respectively.  Each principal provided a status update to the Governing Board.

Mesquite’s Principal, Mr. Dan Johnson, reported that the school is adapting well to the adjustments created by the student population growth, as well as to the new staff additions made to match the increase in student numbers.

Mr. Johnson said he was impressed to see how Mesquite’s students and those who transferred from Gilbert Junior High have become a single student body.  
“What was gratifying for me was to see, even from day one, that is impossible to tell who the Mesquite or the Gilbert students were,” said Mr. Johnson.  He also indicated how proud he is to see how many students are competing for soccer, volleyball and flag football during the current tryouts for fall sports.

n providing the status update for Gilbert Classical Academy, Principal Mr. Dan Hood said there has been significant community involvement in the transition into the new campus. “We had great community work. About 175 students, parents, and grandparents came out and helped us clean, move and organize,” said Mr. Hood.

The academy moved into Gilbert Junior’s former building. The campus has been undergoing renovations to adapt it as a high school facility. Additions include planters, trees, gym floor, painting and a marquee.

From Business Services, Chief Financial Officer, 
Mr. Jeff Gadd, presented his first summary of operations for the school year, ending July 31, 2017.

Mr. Gadd provided an explanation of budget controlled funds and cash controlled funds, and included a detailed breakdown for each.

With a unanimous vote, the Board approved the calendars for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years. The decision was made following input from parents and staff on two calendar options.

With a 5-0 vote, the Board authorized a comprehensive review of Gilbert’s existing policies to be conducted by the Arizona Schools Boards Association (ASBA).  
After the review, the Board will consider any recommendations, and determine if policy changes are necessary.

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