Proposed GPS Boundary Changes for 2019–2020
Proposed GPS Boundary Changes for 2019–2020
Posted on 12/05/2018
Proposed Gilbert Public Schools Boundary Changes for 2019–2020Gilbert Public Schools District is currently looking at several school boundary changes for the 2019-2020 school year.

The "Enrollment Management Planning Committee" meets regularly to examine factors that affect enrollment including boundaries, programs, and future trends. As is typical with school districts of our size we are now looking at proposed boundary changes in order to ensure we can continue to give all of our students and families a superior education while maximizing the use of our school buildings.

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Gilbert Public Schools Proposed Boundary Changes for 2019–2020Community Meeting Dates 

There will be three community meetings to address the proposed boundary changes on these dates and locations:

Wednesday, December 5th @ 6 pm at Greenfield Junior High

Key discussion points as well as an overview of all proposed changes:

  • Moving Val Vista Lakes Elementary from Highland Junior High and Highland High to Greenfield Junior High and Gilbert High
  • Moving the Pioneer Elementary area between Baseline Rd and the US 60 (Superstition Freeway) from Mesquite Junior High and Highland High to Greenfield Junior High and Gilbert High
  • Moving the Mesquite Elementary boundaries west of Lindsay Rd from Mesquite Junior High to Greenfield Junior High
  • Moving the Liv Northgate apartments and the new Morrison Ranch developments of Lakeview Trails Southwest and Lakeview Trails Southeast from Greenfield Elementary to Finley Farms Elementary.

Thursday, December 6th @ 6 pm at Highland Junior High

Key discussion points as well as an overview of all proposed changes:

  • Moving Superstition Springs and the Boulder Creek Elementary area between Power Rd and Sossaman Rd from Desert Ridge High to Highland High
  • Moving the Boulder Creek Elementary area between Power Rd and Sossaman Rd from Desert Ridge Junior High to Highland Junior High
  • Moving the Highland Park Elementary area of the Highland Groves neighborhood from Greenfield Junior High to Highland Junior High
  • Moving the new Eastmark area north of Warner Rd from Canyon Rim Elementary to Meridian Elementary

Monday, December 10th @ 6 pm at Mesquite Junior High

Key discussion points as well as an overview of all proposed changes:

  • Moving the Settler’s Point Elementary boundaries from South Valley Junior High to Mesquite Junior High
  • Moving the square mile Settler’s Point Elementary physically sits in from Campo Verde High to Mesquite High. All of Settler’s Point Elementary boundaries would then feed into Mesquite High instead of the current split between Mesquite High and Campo Verde High
To make the information as accessible as possible to all, each meeting will focus on a specific area of our school district, as well as providing a complete overview of all proposed changes. At these meetings, information will be shared and there will be multiple opportunities for attendees to ask questions and provide feedback on the proposed boundary changes.

Transportation and Open Enrollment options:

Families currently living in the school boundaries of a potential boundary change can choose to continue to attend the school they are presently zoned for rather than move to the new school. Transportation for the “old” boundaries will be provided to the school for the 2019-2020 school year. 
Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, families wishing to remain at the school will have to provide their own transportation. Transportation for the new boundaries would immediately begin for the 2019-2020 school year.

If you are unable to attend any of the meetings please use GPS Boundaries Community Feedback Comment Form online to submit questions or feedback.

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GPS Change of Boundaries Frequently Asked Questions

Who initially proposed these changes? 

A district Enrollment Management Planning Committee was established in 2016.  The Committee was tasked with reviewing and addressing factors that influence GPS enrollment. Boundary changes were identified as a factor that could positively influence enrollment.  A consultant was employed to review different options.  The results of this process are the proposed boundary changes for 2019-2020.

If these boundaries do change, when would they become effective? 

If approved these boundary changes will become effective school year 2019-2020.  New elementary age families moving into the brand new Morrison Ranch neighborhoods of Lakeview Trails Southwest and Southeast in the Spring of 2019 will begin and be provided transportation to Finley Farms Elementary.

What is the goal of these changes?

To ensure the district can continue to give all of our students and families a superior education while maximizing the use of our school buildings.   

When was the last time GPS had a boundary change like this? 

The last time boundaries were changed within the district was 2009, with the building and opening of Campo Verde High School.  Boundary changes like the ones proposed are very common within a district of our size and age.  

Why do you allow open enrollment?

Arizona state law allows students to apply for admission to any public school, based on available classroom space (A.R.S. § 15-816.01). The law requires that school districts develop policies regarding open enrollment that may include transportation and that the policies shall be posted on the district's website and available to the public upon request. Transportation is available for some special education students based on their needs and individual education plan (IEP).

Why can’t you just cap numbers at the schools that are full?

Our goal is to welcome as many students as possible to a Gilbert Public Schools education.  If there is capacity at a school we will accept open enrollment. 

Are boundary exceptions going to be approved, for example, if the student is currently going to a Junior High for 7th grade and would like to remain for 8th?

Yes.  We will ensure that any students who wish to remain at the school they are currently attending will be able to continue to attend that school through our existing open enrollment policy and processes.

What if older siblings attend a certain High School, will boundary exceptions be allowed for current and younger siblings to go to that High School too? 

Yes.  We will ensure that any students who wish to attend the school that their siblings are currently attending will be able to attend that school through our existing open enrollment policy and processes.

What about transportation for students who wish to remain at the school they are already attending and will become open enrollment students?

Families currently living in the school boundaries of a potential boundary change can choose to continue to attend the school they are presently zoned for rather than move to the new school. Transportation for the “old” boundaries will be provided to the school for the 2019-2020 school year.  Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, families wishing to remain at the school will have to provide their own transportation. Transportation for the new boundaries would immediately begin for the 2019-2020 school year.

Why are some Mesa residents zoned for Gilbert schools? If the boundaries were adjusted to move residents of Mesa along the US 60-Baseline to their own city's schools, Gilbert schools could make room for their own town's students.

The boundaries for Gilbert Public Schools were established over 100 years ago.  School district boundaries do not necessarily coincide with city/town boundaries in Arizona.

The Governing Board will not take any formal action on boundaries until January 2019.

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Gilbert Public Schools

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