Glendale Elementary School District will close more schools

GLENDALE – Glendale Elementary School District is preparing to close and re-create additional schools.

While the district says this decision is what is best for further learning, some parents find it difficult to let go.

“I hope they do not close it. I hope they can stay open,” Rossio Arvella told ABC15.

Arreola says that the elementary school in the desert, which becomes a kindergarten at the end of the school year, is very special to her family.

“Because it was my first child that I bring here to school, like 15 years ago,” she said.

However, soon her children will have to leave the school they love.

“They’re going to change it to a challenger school, and I think the challenger school is too small for all these kids and the children of the challenger,” Erola added.

Assistant Superintendent Mike Bragen, of Glendale Elementary School District, says while that may be a difficult change for some … it’s necessary.

“For the past four, five years we have been communicating that we are seeing a decline in enrollment,” he told ABC15.

According to him, these are the driving forces:

“You know, birth rates are low. Affordable housing, we believe it is a challenge to our community, and ultimately only competition from other educational institutions,” Bergen added.

Bragen says those challenges forced the county to close two schools last year.

“Eames and Sinus were closed. Eames, you know we’re considering some grants. It’s a historic building so we want to preserve it. Sinus is there and it’s closed,” he said.

2000 North will also be closed at the end of the school year. Two others will be reused.

“Coyote Ridge is going to be the care systems, and then we have a desert garden that will make up the garden,” said the assistant principal of Glendale Elementary School.

Bragen says the closures are part of a multi-year plan to keep the county economically tolerant so the state does not take over.

“We have created a map of new borders and directed them to areas they are going to participate in. And we are going to work very hard to make sure it will be a smooth transition,” he added.

Students from these schools will be reassigned to the following sites for the 2022-2023 school year:

  • Coyote ridge Students reassigned to discovery
  • A talking garden Students reassigned to Challenger or Don Mendic
  • Two hundred years old North Students reassigned to Two hundred years south or Don Mendic

Phase B transitions also include redefining some kindergarten-to-eighth-grade (K-8) model schools and boundary changes for some families based on new network code assignments:

  • Two hundred years south Redefined to model K-8
  • Challenger Redefined to model K-8
  • Don Mendic Redefined to model K-8
  • William C. Jack Redefined to model K-8
  • Don Mendic Will make some students go to William C. Jack
  • discovery Will make some students go to Sunset Vista

You can check out your child’s assigned school based on GESD network codes here.

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