As we prepare to open our ninth school in August, we must evaluate the impact Estrella Foothills Global Academy will have on our bus transportation services and, in turn, school start and end times.
Laveen is opening its ninth school in August. There are many adjustments that need to be made in preparation of a new school opening – some of which have a district-wide impact.
One of the main factors to take into consideration is bus transportation. The opening of a new school requires additional bus routes. Laveen’s open boundaries, coupled with Estrella Foothills Global Academy’s lack of an established neighborhood, creates an increased use of our transportation resources. In order to accommodate added routes, the district must look at school start and end times to ensure our buses are appropriately staggered and our students are arriving and departing school in a timely manner.
Study Session (Dec. 5)
On Thursday, December 5, our Governing Board will hold a study session to review the possible changes to school start and end times beginning in the 2020-21 school year. This study session begins at 6:00 p.m. and will be held at the Laveen Education Center, 5001 W. Dobbins. This session is only an opportunity for the Board to evaluate the various options available; no decisions will be made at this meeting.
We anticipate that the options being considered will be presented to the Board at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Thursday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m. Information regarding these options will be shared following this week’s study session.
Board Consideration (Dec. 12)
On December 5, Laveen’s Governing Board met to study the impact our ninth school, Estrella Foothills Global Academy, would have on our bus transportation and, in turn, school start and end times.
After reviewing several possibilities, the administration is recommending no changes to school start times for 2020-21 and a start time of 8:00 a.m. for Estrella Foothills Global Academy.
We anticipate the Board approving this recommendation at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Thursday, December 12.