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SDLE Discusses Pima Elementary Overhaul

Credit: Scottsdale Independent

By Melissa Fittro for Scottsdale Independent

When students start school in August 2018, the Pima Elementary School community is hoping to have a new campus and a new school model.

The Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board met for a study session to discuss the outlook for the kindergarten through fifth grade school in southeast Scottsdale.

Superintendent Dr. Denise Birdwell says Pima’s teachers and faculty are entrenched in training this year to transition their classrooms to the traditional model next year.

In November 2016 district voters approved a $229M bond to rebuild and replace needed infrastructure within the schools. Pima Elementary School — in addition to Hopi, Hohokam and Cheyenne — was at the top of the list for rebuilding.

“What we’ve done is we’ve actually combined two of the major architectural firms, this is an effort to try and expedite some of the architectural drawings so we can move forward,” said Chief Operations Officer Louis Hartwell during the meeting.

Firms that presented to the governing board were Orcutt | Winslow and CORE Construction to go over exterior artist renderings and the construction phases.

The second architectural firm contributing to the plans is Hunt and Caraway, Dr. Birdwell said.

The plans for Hopi Elementary include single-story buildings, with classrooms planned for the northwest side of the site, administration and multipurpose room in the center, and a new soccer field in between the softball fields and the buildings.

The Pima Elementary School rebuild has been broken down into four phases:

  • Phase 1: Dec. 1-22;
  • Phase 2: Dec. 26-May 25, 2018;
  • Phase 3: May 25, 2018-July 27, 2018;
  • Phase 4: July 30, 2018-Dec. 28, 2018.

SUSD expects to get shovels in the ground and fences up starting in October, with vertical construction beginning in November.

Read more at Scottsdale Independent.

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