Future of Gilbert Jr. High School uncertain in possible closure

Posted at 6:51 AM, May 18, 2017

There will be a meeting Thursday to discuss the future of Gilbert Junior High School.

This is the third time the fate of the school is being put on the table and officials are set to make some tough decisions.

Some parents say they're tired of having to fight to keep their school open. The superintendent says this has dragged on for too long.

Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto says, "No one wants to go through this multiple years but we are all fully committed to make a decision so that we can now move forward with the students in mind."

The options are to move and merge with Mesquite High School or re-purpose the building for a school with increasing enrollment.

Gilbert Junior High School can fit 1,200 kids but next year's projected enrollment is roughly 400.

Many parents are feeling frustrated and out of options. One woman says she moved to the neighborhood thinking her child would go to Gilbert Junior High School in the 2017-2018 school year.

If it closes, she's not sure what her family will do.

Lisa Nicita says, "That child would have to be bussed to another school. And then I have to figure out something for my younger kids after school. I know that's not the school district's responsibility but it's part of our family planning when we move in there and buy a house and it's within walking distance of two schools."

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the school's cafeteria. The Gilbert Governing Board will make a final decision on May 30th.