School board to mull ‘significant’ land acquisition


New schools on the horizon in Maricopa? It’s possible. 

Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board will enter executive session tomorrow night to discuss an important matter that could imply major growth in the district. 

According to the meeting agenda, the topic of discussion is “significant” land acquisition. 

“The board is scheduled to discuss this significant matter,” school district spokesperson Mishell Terry said. “While they will reconvene after the [closed] session, it is important to note that we do not anticipate a decision to be made at this time. The purpose of this meeting is to engage in a detailed discussion.” 

The board can legally discuss potential land acquisition, personnel matters, health records and legal issues behind closed doors, under the Arizona Open Meetings law. Board members must reconvene in open session to vote on any final decision discussed in closed session. 

The school board meets at 6:30 p.m. in the district office administration building board room at 44150 W. Maricopa Casa Grande Hwy. 

Other action matters on tomorrow’s school board agenda: 

  • Early graduation for 16 high school students. 
  • A school board member conflict-of-interest policy to ensure board members are up to date on state law. A school district is allowed to employ, including through a third-party contractor that provides services to the district, anyone who served as a school district governing board member during the preceding two years if the person will provide services to students. School districts are now authorized under state law to increase the time for the restriction to more than two years. 
  • Discussion and possible approval of an intergovernmental agreement between Arizona Department of Education and the school district to access Arts Consumable Grants funds. 
  • Spotlight recognitions honoring those who have made significant contributions to the community and schools.