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New Agua Fria district high school campus planned in Goodyear

Campus comes as the district experiences massive growth

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The Agua Fria Union High School District may be a few years away from building its sixth high school campus. 

The future campus is planned at 175th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road in west Goodyear and is expected to be constructed within the next five years. 

Details related to the planned school were mentioned at a Sept. 27 Goodyear City Council meeting as part of a presentation about a planned multifamily development, Cotton Commons, which will border the campus to the east. 

The Agua Fria Union High School District did not respond to Independent Newsmedia’s requests for comment. 

It is unknown if the property will be developed into a traditional high school campus, or something more specialized, but the site will be able to accommodate an estimated 1,800 students, according to details discussed at the city council meeting

The new high school will be the district’s third campus in the city of Goodyear, alongside Millennium and Desert Edge. 

According to documents from the Maricopa County Recorder’s office, the school district obtained the property in 2007. 

The planned campus is neighbored primarily by agricultural fields and dirt lots, but the area may experience significant development by the time ground is broken on the campus with the construction of the Cotton Commons development, which was granted a rezoning request by the city of Goodyear.

There are a few residential homes to the southwest of the planned campus. The campus would be less than a mile from the Sin Lomas community, a neighborhood of single-family homes. 

Plans for a new campus come as the district is seeing a high level of growth.

At the beginning of the school year, enrollment exceeded the district’s projections by 700 students, district Superintendent Mark Yslas told Independent Newsmedia in August.

Part of the reason, Yslas said, was because of the uncertainly related to the pandemic, but another reason is the growth of area K-12 charter schools that feed into the district.  

“I would be surprised if...we're not breaking ground within the next few years on our sixth high school,” Yslas said.

Madeline Ackley can be reached at mackley@iniusa.org or found on Twitter @Mkayackley.

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