Mesa's Powell Junior High to close

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Associated Press

Posted on January 13, 2010 at 6:16 AM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — After 38 years, Powell Junior High School in Mesa will close in May.

Under an initiative approved Tuesday night by the Mesa Unified School District governing board, Powell will reopen in the fall as a community learning center with the district's community education department and social services. Students currently at Powell will be shifted to neighboring junior highs.

The Mesa district's high schools — starting with three schools next year — will become ninth-through-12th-grade campuses under a plan also approved by the board.

The vote was part of a seven-point administrative plan discussed and debated the past few months as a way to address declining enrollment and budget in the 67,000-student district.

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Information from: East Valley Tribune/Scottsdale Tribune, http://www.eastvalleytribune.com

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