Chandler USD unveils preliminary designs for district's new high school

Chandler USD headquarters

Chandler USD headquarters

In a governing board study session Oct. 16, Chandler USD board members were presented with several preliminary design options for the district's new high school.

Associate Superintendent for Support Services Frank Fletcher outlined three site designs that were created with community input. The high school will be located on the corner of Brooks Farm Road and Gilbert Road, and the district hopes to break ground by February, according to a presentation provided in the study session. The district hopes to open the school by fall 2021.

"We are on an aggressive schedule," Fletcher said. "Typically a 300,000-square-foot high school takes 18 months; we are hoping to do it in 14 or 15 at the most."

The facility will be about 289,000 square feet, according to the presentation, and all designs contain two academic buildings, an administration building, a media center, common areas, a food court, a kitchen, a performing arts center, a main gym and an auxiliary gym.

Considerations for the district in terms of design include traffic flow, fire department access, safety, parent drop-off, parking, sports complex access and more.

"When you open a school, you have an opportunity to create the culture and the rules," Superintendent Camille Casteel said. She said the district will continue to work closely with the homeowners associations near the school site to make sure they are being "good neighbors."

Casteel said during the meeting boundaries for the school are still being drawn, but the district is anticipating between 1,500 and 2,000 students will attend the school.





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