Gilbert mulls closing school to relocate academy

Posted at 7:33 AM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 13:58:09-05

Gilbert Public Schools will hold a public meeting Wednesday evening to talk about potentially closing or re-purposing one of two schools in order to relocate its academy.

According to the proposal, the district would close (or re-purpose) either Gilbert Junior High School or Mesquite Junior High School in order to relocate Gilbert Classical Academy, a school that's ranked #10 nationally by U.S. News & World Report.

The idea was introduced a few years ago, but officials opted to leave everything in place. The idea has been brought up again and some parents are not happy about it.

Wednesday's meeting, which will be held in Gilbert High School's auditorium, is for the public to share their thoughts on the proposal. The meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. 

The Board is not expected to make a decision until its March 29 meeting, which will be held at the District office.

Gilbert Classic Academy opened in 2007 and had 200 students in grades 7-9, according to its website. In 2013, the school housed over 450 students in grades 7-12.

Gilbert High School is located at 1101 E. Elliot Road.