School boundary changes proposed

Florence Unified School District has proposed boundary changes to take effect in the new school year. Proposal 1 sends students south of Arizona Farms Road and west of Hunt Highway to Copper Basin K-8. Proposal 2, above, does the opposite and keeps the Copper Basin boundary (in green) a contiguous triangle. Both proposals have students living southeast of the corner of Bella Vista and Gantzel roads attending Circle Cross Ranch STEM Academy K-8 (blue squares).

SAN TAN VALLEY — Florence Unified School District is proposing two options for adjusting school boundaries in response to a growing local population and has scheduled public meetings to hear comments before the school board takes action in January.

Proposal 1 sends students south of Arizona Farms Road and west of Hunt Highway to Copper Basin K-8, and students east of Hunt Highway to Walker Butte K-8. Proposal 2 does the opposite and keeps the Copper Basin boundary a contiguous triangle, with students east of Hunt Highway attending Copper Basin.

Both proposals have students living southeast of the corner of Bella Vista and Gantzel roads attending Circle Cross Ranch STEM Academy K-8, although they would be closer to either Walker Butte or Copper Basin.

The boundary realignment will occur at the start of the 2022-23 school year. These changes will allow FUSD to maximize the use of its buildings and minimize class sizes for the optimal growth and achievement of every student, Superintendent Chris Knutsen said in a letter to the community.

FUSD will host three public meetings to present the two options and hear the community’s comments: at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Copper Basin K-8 School; at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 during the regularly scheduled board meeting at Poston Butte High School; and an online meeting at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 14. See FUSD on YouTube, “FUSD Video and Live Stream Channel.”

FUSD staff will share the same information at each meeting, including how the changes would affect parents and students. The board is scheduled to adopt one of the options at its Jan. 11 meeting at the district office in Florence.

The public can see the proposals and leave feedback on the district website, fusdaz.com.

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Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at mcowling@pinalcentral.com.

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