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Grade school grounds—Looking north toward Dove Valley Road, plans are in motion to turn this north Phoenix lot into a new elementary school.
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District to erect new elementary school

Eric Quade ~ Editor~ 4/9/2014

By the fall of 2015, Deer Valley Unified School District officials hope to have some of their students filing into a new elementary school near I-17 south of Dove Valley Road in north Phoenix.
Growing numbers of students in the northwest part of the district was cited as a motivating factor for building more classrooms. Although growth was said to be slower in the Stetson Valley area, demand was said to be higher in the neighborhood to the east.
Many specifics about the new school—such as name, exact address and the boundaries from which it will draw students from other DVUSD facilities—are still in flux because the project is in the design phase. Right now, it looks like the new facility will handle 1,000 students from Kindergarten through eighth grade, which is on par with other schools’ capacity, such as Sunset Ridge (1,039) and Norterra Canyon (967). Construction is slated to begin by this fall.
The site, located at Bronco Butte Trail and North Foothills Drive near Desert Crest, was a combination donation/purchase DVUSD was involved with in 2003. The district bought about 6 acres for $751,281 and a developer donated approximately 9 acres.
Ashley Morris, a communications specialist with DVUSD, said that the district has been considering building plans for the site ever since. Then last November, data showed that the new school would be needed to accommodate student populations by the 2015-2016 academic year, so the district moved forward to secure funding for its design and construction.