Robert J.C. Rice served on the governing board from 2002 to 2018, according to a resolution the board approved Jan. 22.
"Those who worked closely with Bob may remember his many tough questions and challenges to longstanding beliefs and ways of doing things. But they also realize that the evolution he inspired with his intelligence, character, persistence and patience has lifted the entire organization to a new level. It is no coincidence that each entity Bob supported has bestowed upon him their highest honors. He is a man of the ages, an agent of change, a quiet and unassuming, yet powerful force for the good we can do for the most important people in the world...our children," read the resolution.
The new school will be located at Ocotillo Road and 148th Street in Gilbert and is expected to open for the 2020-2021 school year.
The entirety of the resolution can be viewed here.