• March 31, 2021 Update - At last night’s Governing Board meeting the proposed campus changes for the 2021/22 school year were approved. This decision was based upon changing enrollment across the district, making it necessary to look at some changes in order to ensure we can continue to give all of our students and families a high-standard of education while maximizing the use of our school buildings and ensuring the district is being fiscally responsible.  The approval of these changes means that Houston Elementary will close at the end of this current school year on May 27th and Neely Traditional Academy will move to the current Houston campus location for the 2021/22 school year.  Efforts are now underway to support our Houston students, families, and staff with this transition.

Proposed School Campus Changes for the 2021–2022 School Year

  • School Icon Gilbert Public Schools is currently looking at several school campus changes for the 2021-2022 school year in order to address enrollment issues that have occurred over time, the best way to maximize the use of our school buildings and ensuring the district is being fiscally efficient and responsible.  

    The proposed campus changes for the 2021–2022 school year include:

    • Close and repurpose Houston Elementary at the conclusion of the current school year (May 2021)
    • Expand attendance boundaries of Burk Elementary to include the current Houston attendance boundaries
    • Move Neely Traditional Academy to the current Houston school location

    If these changes are approved, current Houston Elementary families will have the choice of attending Neely Traditional Academy at the current Houston Elementary location or attend Burk Elementary. 

    Three neighborhood community meetings will be held to address the proposed school campus changes. Each meeting will focus on the specific changes proposed to each school, as well as providing a complete overview of all proposed changes.  At each meeting, once the comprehensive proposal is shared there will be multiple opportunities for attendees to ask questions and provide feedback on the proposed school campus changes.  If a community member is unable to attend any of the three meetings they can provide feedback and ask questions using our online form


    Campus Changes Feedback Form

Community Meetings Information

  • Community Meetings:

    Additional Meetings:

    • Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 6pm is a Governing Board Work Study/Brief Board Meeting in which the proposed changes will be reviewed. Public feedback and comments from the three community meetings will also be reviewed and discussed. No formal action will be taken.
    • On Tuesday, March 30, 20at 6pm there will be a Governing Board Meeting at which time the Board is scheduled to vote on the proposed changes. 

GPS School Boundary Maps

Public Meeting Presentation of Proposed Campus Changes

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Proposed School Changes for 2021-2022 Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why are these changes needed?

  • There are several other small elementary schools in the district. Why was Houston chosen to close and why is Neely Traditional Academy being proposed to move to Houston?

  • If Neely Traditional moves to the current Houston building, what are the plans for the Neely site?

  • If these school changes are made, when would they become effective?

  • What school would current Houston students go to if the school is closed?

  • If Houston closes, where does the current staff go?

  • What about transportation for Houston students who wish to move to Burk Elementary?

  • What is different about Neely Traditional Academy compared to the other elementary schools in Gilbert Public Schools?

Last Modified on July 26, 2021