BREAKING NEWS
Governing board approves new boundaries

At the April 9 meeting, the district's Governing Board approved the boundary changes as recommended by the Planning and Boundary Design Advisory Committee (PABDAC). The attendance area for Jordan Elementary School was eliminated, and the attendance areas for Pomeroy, Washington and Roosevelt elementary schools were modified. The changes are effective beginning the 2013-14 school year. Information about new and modified bus routes for students at these schools will be provided as soon as available.

Defining the Future 4

Mesa Public Schools is dedicated to improving student achievement, and optimizing human, fiscal and programmatic resources to meet the needs of students. Defining the Future is an ongoing effort to successfully implement key initiatives to "right size" the district. Phases 1 through 3 focused on high schools and junior high schools. Phase 4 is focused on elementary schools.

A history of the Defining the Future Phases 1 through 3

Erik VonBurg

In summer 2012, the Governing Board charged the administration with completing a comprehensive review of all elementary school sites. The review assessed the need for changes based on our continued effort to "right size" the district,  provide innovative options that benefit student learning, and increase revenue when possible. While the Board and administration value the contributions of our neighborhood elementary schools to student success, recommendations were forwarded to the Board to better utilize facilities, reduce excess square footage, and advance student learning through innovation.

2013 recommendations

Proposal #1: Decommission excess portables

Similar to the initiative currently underway at junior high schools, the district would reduce expenses and decrease excess square footage by decommissioning under-utilized portable classrooms on several elementary school campuses. If approved, this would require funds to disconnect and remove the portable structures.

Proposal #2: Repurpose Jordan Elementary School

The district is experiencing declining student enrollment in the Dobson Ranch area. Jordan Elementary is the lowest enrolled elementary school in the district. The recommendation is to repurpose Jordan as a west Mesa preschool center. This would require transferring Jordan students to other district schools in the area, including Pomeroy Elementary, Sirrine Elementary and Summit Academy. The regional day school for special education students that was part of the original recommendation will be placed at another location.

Proposal #3: Repurpose Eisenhower Elementary School

Eisenhower Elementary would become a school of innovation that engages students in new and creative ways. This educational concept will allow students to explore innovative approaches to learning with master educators, supported by 21st century technology. Eisenhower would become a model for other schools in the district and across the nation. Current Eisenhower students would continue to attend the school.

Proposal #4: Expand East Valley Academy

East Valley Academy currently offers flexible block and traditional schedules that allow students to enroll throughout the year. The recommendation is to offer additional flexible educational programming and enhanced social services to meet the changing needs of our community.

Community meetings

Meetings were held for the Eisenhower Elementary and Jordan Elementary communities.

Eisenhower Elementary

Parent notification of meeting  English | Spanish

The orientation meeting about the Eisenhower Elementary school of innovation proposal was held on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Eisenhower Elementary multi-purpose room, 848 N. Mesa Drive, Mesa. Dr. Michael Cowan, superintendent, provided an overview of the proposal and answered questions from the audience.

During Dr. Cowan's presentation, he showed two videos about 21st Century teaching and learning. The first video was produced by the New Brunswick, Canada Department of Education, and the second video was produced by Mesa Public Schools' Educational Television department.

Jordan Elementary

Parent notification

The first hearing about the school repurposing was held on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Summit Academy auditorium, 1560 W. Summit Place, Chandler. Dr. Michael Cowan, superintendent, provided an overview of and rationale for the recommendation.

Dr. Cowan's presentation

The second hearing was held on Tuesday, Feb. 26 as part of the regularly scheduled Governing Board meeting. The meeting began at 7 p.m. in the Governing Board Room, located at 549 N. Stapley Road, Mesa.

Governing Board action

On Tuesday, February 26, the Governing Board approved following Defining the Future 4 recommendations during their regularly scheduled meeting: 

Dorene Pool

  • Repurpose Jordan Elementary School as an early childhood center for preschool education
  • Repurpose Eisenhower Elementary school as a school of innovation
  • Establish a regional day school for special education students at the current Early Education Center
  • Expand East Valley Academy programming
  • Decommission excess portable capacity at elementary sites
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    Eisenhower parent notification of meeting English | Spanish
    Jordan parent notification of meeting English | Spanish
    Pomeroy parent notification
    Sirrine parent notification
    Summit Academy parent notification
    Washington parent notification

    PABDAC hearings scheduled

    In accordance with the Governing Board decision to repurpose Jordan Elementary School for the 2013-14 school year, the district will eliminate the Jordan Elementary attendance area, and modify the attendance areas of nearby elementary schools to best accommodate our student population. The recommendation on new attendance boundaries will come from the district’s Planning and Boundary Design Advisory Committee (PABDAC), a ten-member volunteer citizen committee. PABDAC has scheduled two public hearings for the impacted school communities. During these meetings, the members will discuss data on enrollment and capacity for elementary schools, view the proposed attendance area map, and listen to parent comments before forwarding a recommendation to the Governing Board. You may also email your comments to us.

    The first hearing was held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, in the Jordan Elementary Multipurpose Room, located at 3320 N. Carriage Lane, Chandler. View the agenda

    The second hearing was held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, in the Washington Elementary Multipurpose Room, located at 2260 W. Isabella Ave., Mesa. 

    Jordan parent notification of meeting  English | Spanish
    Pomeroy parent notification of meeting  English | Spanish
    Roosevelt parent notification of meeting  English | Spanish
    Washington parent notification of meeting  English | Spanish

    PABDAC recommendation to Governing Board

    Following the second PABDAC hearing on boundary changes for Jordan, Pomeroy, Roosevelt and Washington elementary schools, PABDAC voted to forward therecommended changes to the Governing Board for consideration at the regular board meeting on April 9.

    Jordan parent notification of meeting  English | Spanish
    Pomeroy parent notification of meeting  English | Spanish
    Roosevelt parent notification of meeting  English | Spanish
    Washington parent notification of meeting  English | Spanish

    Governing Board approves new boundaries

    At the April 9 meeting, the Governing Board approved the boundary changes as recommended by PABDAC. The attendance area for Jordan Elementary School was eliminated, and the attendance areas for Pomeroy, Washington and Roosevelt elementary schools were modified. The changes are effective beginning the 2013-14 school year. Information about new and modified bus routes for students at these schools will be provided as soon as available.