Queen Creek Unified School District is breaking ground on a $28.8 million elementary school, making it the seventh school in the district in the rapidly growing area of the Southeast Valley.

The district, which currently has 7,900 students ranging from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, hired DLR Group to design the school and Chasse Building Team to serve as general contractor.

The new school will be built on 15 acres in the Cadence at Gateway community near Ellsworth and Ray roads, which is in the northern part of the district’s boundaries. Of the $28.8 million total development costs, $20.5 million will go toward construction of the school, while soft costs are $3.9 million and $4.4 million is for the land.

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