Laveen Schools Preparing for Upcoming Year
With the current school year just coming to an end, the Laveen Elementary School District is already preparing for the 2012-2013 school year.
New this fall will be the opening of the district’s seventh school, Rogers Ranch School, located at 6735 S. 47th Avenue. Rogers Ranch is a K-8 school that can accommodate up to 1100 students at capacity. This school will have the district’s first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) focused program. Kids Klub, Laveen District’s licensed before and after school childcare program will continue to grow in the fall with the addition of services at Rogers Ranch School.
The opening of Rogers Ranch School requires changes in the attendance boundaries for the 2012-13 school year. Students who live in the River Walk area will now be attending Rogers Ranch School. Students residing in the Bougainvillea and Laveen Crossing areas will be attending Cheatham Elementary School.
Three schools in the Laveen District will have changes to their start and end times this fall to better serve their students and families. The new times will be as follows:
M.C. Cash Elementary School: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Vista del Sur Traditional School: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Rogers Ranch School: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The start and end times for the following schools will remain the same as this current year:
Cheatham Elementary School: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Trailside Point School: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Desert Meadows School: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Laveen Elementary School: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Vista del Sur Traditional School will be adding courses for the 2012-13 school year, which include high school level Geometry for eighth grade students. New sections will be added at three grade levels to accommodate additional students. A National Junior Honor Society and a Science Club will be established this fall, as well as an expansion of the current Drama and World Language Clubs.
The Laveen School District has also had several construction projects that will be in progress this summer. Work has already started on a new primary level playground and larger playfield on the east side of Vista del Sur Traditional School. In addition to exterior upgrades, the cafeteria will also be getting new tile, benches, and the removal of the raised platform to increase seating capacity.
The Laveen District is currently rebuilding its oldest school facility, M.C. Cash Elementary School, located at 3851 W. Roeser Road. Construction is scheduled to be completed in December with the students slated to transfer to the new facility over Winter Break. The old building will then be torn down and playfields will be built.
The first phase of construction of the District Support Services facility is currently underway at the site of the old Laveen Elementary School on 51st Avenue and Dobbins Road. This facility will house the District Office and Governing Board room. Construction is scheduled to be completed in late fall.
Installation of structures with solar panels mounted on top will begin this fall at Trailside Point, Vista del Sur, and M.C. Cash Schools in conjunction with SRP and EarthWise Solar Energy Grants. These structures will be built over parking and student waiting areas and will have the advantages of generating clean power, providing shade, and saving the district about $500,000 in electric utility costs over the 20-year agreement with Solar City. There is no out-of-pocket or upfront cost to the district for the solar projects.
Again this summer, the district will be participating in the USDA Summer Food Service Program, providing free meals to children in the community who are 18 years old or younger. Meals will be offered at the following times and locations:
Desert Meadows School, 6855 W. Meadows Loop East, Laveen (Program will run through August 2) Monday-Friday; Breakfast: 7:30-8:30 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Trailside Point School, 7275 W. Vineyard Road, Laveen (Program will run through July 19) Monday-Thursday; Breakfast: 7:30-8:30 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Maricopa Colony Service Center, 8201 W. Baseline Road, Laveen (Program will run June 11-28 and July 9-26) Monday-Thursday; Breakfast: 9:00-9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 12:00-12:30 p.m.
Komake Service Center, 5230 W. St. Johns Road, Laveen (Program will run June 12-29 and July 10-27) Tuesday-Friday; Lunch: 12:00-12:45 p.m.
Adults are welcome to accompany their children for both breakfast and lunch. There are no income requirements or registration. Adults may purchase breakfast for $1.75 and lunch for $2.50 only at the Desert Meadows and Trailside Point Schools location. Federal funding for this program is separate from any school district or educational funding.
Kids Klub Day Camp licensed child care is also available all summer long with activities for students entering kindergarten to sixth grade. It’s a full day program that keeps children engaged from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and even offers swimming lessons as part of the activities. Field trips this summer include Polar Ice, Rollero Skate Rink, Cerratas Chocolate Factory, Phoenix Zoo, Bowling, the Arizona Science Center, and they will even have visitors from the Whispering J. Ranch.