Gilbert Public Schools adjusts calendar; downtown Chandler adding business, multifamily and more top area news

Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board Member Lori Wood expresses her concerns about parts of the proposed school calendars for 2022-23 and 2023-24. (Screen shot from YouTube)
Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board Member Lori Wood expresses her concerns about parts of the proposed school calendars for 2022-23 and 2023-24. (Screen shot from YouTube)

Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board Member Lori Wood expresses her concerns about parts of the proposed school calendars for 2022-23 and 2023-24. (Screen shot from YouTube)

Read the top business and community news from Chandler and Gilbert from the past week.

Gilbert

Gilbert Public Schools to start earlier, extend breaks beginning in 2022-23 school year

Gilbert Public Schools will move to an earlier start of its school year and add a week to its fall and spring breaks for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years.

Holiday Inn Express approaches opening in Gilbert



InterContinental Hotels Group anticipates opening a Holiday Inn Express hotel in the second quarter of 2021 at Power and Galveston roads in Gilbert. The amenities for the hotel, which is to have a little fewer than 100 rooms, include a pool and spa, small conference rooms, small meeting rooms, exercise facilities and guest laundry.

Farmer Boys set to open March 1 at Gilbert's City Gate

Farmer Boys will open its first Arizona location March 1 in City Gate at 1535 N. Higley Road, Gilbert. The 40-year-old California-based chain purchases its ingredients from local farms and purveyors when possible and serves five kinds of hamburgers, sandwiches, salads and breakfast.

Chandler

Downtown Chandler to add businesses, multifamily in the next year

Nine businesses are planning 2021 openings in downtown Chandler; a new retail and restaurant development on the corner of Frye Road and Arizona Avenue is expected to open in 2021; and construction is underway at two new multifamily developments downtown, said John Owens, downtown redevelopment specialist with the city of Chandler.

Homes continue to fly off the market across all Chandler ZIP codes

Home prices continue to increase as the number of days on the market are down significantly from last year, according to local real estate data.

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



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Higley USD governing board adopts strategic initiatives

The Higley USD governing board approved four strategic initiatives for the coming school year at its April 21 meeting.

Gov. Doug Ducey announced a series of tweets April 19 that K-12 schools will no longer require masks. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Chandler USD board moves to continue requiring masks in classrooms with exception for outdoor activities

The Chandler USD governing board voted April 21 to continue to require masks in classrooms but will allow for students to remove their masks while outdoors for physical education activities.

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Funding outlooks amid pandemic differ across Gilbert's school districts

Gilbert's school districts must square enrollment losses with funding that is reliant on student counts as they put together budgets for fiscal year 2021-22

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Gilbert Public Schools board to meet about mask policy

The Gilbert Public Schools governing board will meet April 22 to consider modifying or ending its mask policy.

As part of President Joe Biden’s plan to reopen schools safely nationwide, the department’s National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option is being expanded beyond the summertime. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
USDA extends free school meals provision through 2021-22 school year

Schools nationwide will be able to serve nutritious meals to all students free of charge regardless of eligibility through June 30, 2022, officials announced.

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Higley USD mask policy awaits governing board review

Higley USD will keep its mask policy in place at least until the governing board has a chance to review it, district officials said.

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Gilbert approves plan for use of federal grant money

Gilbert Town Council approved submission of the town’s annual action plan for its Community Development Block Grant money to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Three businesses coming soon to Gilbert

Here are three businesses that are coming soon to Gilbert.

The Chandler USD governing board will hold a special meeting April 21 to address the current mask mandate in schools, according to an email from the district. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Chandler USD governing board to meet April 21 to discuss masks in schools

The Chandler USD governing board will hold a special meeting April 21 to address the current mask mandate in schools, according to an email from the district.

Gov. Doug Ducey announced a series of tweets April 19 that K-12 schools will no longer require masks. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Governor rescinds order requiring masks in K-12 schools

Gov. Doug Ducey announced a series of tweets April 19 that K-12 schools will no longer require masks.

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Ducey bans government entities from requiring 'vaccine passport'

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey banned "vaccine passports" in an executive order issued April 19 that prevents state and local governments from requiring Arizonans to provide their COVID-19 vaccination status.

See a breakdown of COVID-19 cases, vaccinations and more local data. (Community Impact staff)
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