In an ongoing effort to shore up the long-term finances at East Valley School District, its board Tuesday moved closer to appointing a group that will take a hard look at district boundaries and excess building space.
Already, meetings to address the district’s capital facilities needs have consistently drawn 10 to 20 people, and at the next school board meeting there likely will be a motion to create a subcommittee to the group that was set up originally to consider issues more related to building maintenance.
“That’s a very different process than looking at excess square footage,” said Debra Howard, assistant superintendent.
Roger Trainor and others on the board said the group would need to have representatives from areas serving all of the schools.
Board president June Sine also said it should include people from parents groups, teachers and administrators.
Once assembled, the Citizens Facilities Advisory Task Force will pore over maps, transportation data, enrollment figures and historical information, leading superintendent Chriss Burgess to suggest that it might need to be formed by early July.
“It’s great that we have so many people interested,” said board member Kerri Lunstroth.
In a later discussion, the board also resolved to set up additional public forums in a more informal setting than the two minutes people have to address the board during the comment period at regular meetings.