Schools safety plan for Higley USD in the works and more Phoenix-area news

The Higley USD governing board directed Associate Superintendent Dawn Foley to work on a schools safety plan at the conclusion of a special governing board meeting Aug. 21. (Courtesy Higley USD)
The Higley USD governing board directed Associate Superintendent Dawn Foley to work on a schools safety plan at the conclusion of a special governing board meeting Aug. 21. (Courtesy Higley USD)

The Higley USD governing board directed Associate Superintendent Dawn Foley to work on a schools safety plan at the conclusion of a special governing board meeting Aug. 21. (Courtesy Higley USD)

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Gilbert

Higley USD preparing schools safety plan

Higley USD will work on a schools safety plan in the coming week.

The district’s governing board directed Associate Superintendent Dawn Foley to work on such a plan at the conclusion of a special governing board meeting Aug. 21 that lasted almost 3 1/2 hours. Nearly all of that was spent in executive session.



Town Council Member-elect Laurin Hendrix amends suit to seek voiding council votes

On Aug. 21, just a day after a judge denied a similar motion, Town Council Member-elect Laurin Hendrix amended his lawsuit seeking an immediate seat on council such that it also includes a motion to void council votes made without him.

Chandler

Extra Innings batting cage has opened in Chandler near Gilbert border

Extra Innings opened a franchise Aug. 1 at 2440 E. Germann Road, Chandler. The baseball and softball training facility features nine multi-use tunnels for hitting; pitching and fielding; strength and conditioning; professional instruction; and group and private training for strength, speed, agility and injury prevention.

Chandler USD governing board member David Evans withdraws from election after challenger questions petition signatures

Chandler USD governing board member David Evans withdrew from the school board race in late July after a challenger questioned the validity of the voter registration of some of the people who signed Evans' petition—including Evans' own registration, according to comments from Evans and documentation shared with Community Impact Newspaper.

Tom Blodgett and Alexa D’Angelo contributed to this report.






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