By TARA ALATORRE
PHOENIX – The Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) broke ground on a new school in the Union Park housing development near The Shops at Norterra on October 3.
The new kindergarten through eighth grade school is located north of Happy Valley Road and west of 19th Avenue, and it is scheduled to open in August 2020. However, during its first year open it will only serve grades K-7, according to DVUSD.
“This new housing development will have 1,100 single family homes and 1,100 multi-family units, hence the need for a school in this new neighborhood,” Monica Allread, a spokesperson for DVUSD stated in an email.
For now, DVUSD has temporarily named it Elementary School #31 until a principal is hired, who will coordinate a selection process for the school’s name, colors and mascot.
“This is an exciting time for our district,” DVUSD Superintendent Dr. Curtis Finch said about the school’s groundbreaking.
The Barry Goldwater High School (BGHS) marching band performed, and the BGHS student body president spoke at the ceremony last Thursday since School #31 is in the high school’s region.
“In Deer Valley, 95 percent of schools are rated A or B by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), and 41 percent of our schools are A+ Schools of Excellence. I predict that this new school will easily join our A+ Schools as soon as it is eligible in four years,” Dr. Finch said.
The superintendent also thanked the DVUSD Governing Board and Deputy Superintendent Jim Migliorino at the ceremony, acknowledging their work in ensuring there was another school for the growing neighborhood.
“Most importantly, I want to thank our taxpayers for supporting us by passing the 2013 bond that is funding this new school, as well as projects throughout the district,” Dr. Finch said.
The school’s boundaries will be drawn and confirmed in the coming months.
For more information visit DVUSD.org.