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Agua Fria District Breaks Ground On New High School West Of Goodyear

(Photo by Casey Kuhn - KJZZ)
A rendering of part of the new high school near Goodyear.

Southwest Valley cities continue to expand and develop, and school districts are growing to meet demand by adding schools.

The Agua Fria Union High School District broke ground Thursday on its fifth high school near the White Tank Mountains.

The future school will be at West Bethany Home and Perryville roads, in Waddell just west of Goodyear.

“We’re one of three districts in the state of Arizona that can say they’ve had almost 20 years of continuous growth.”

Agua Fria Superintendent Dennis Runyan says the new school will ease overcrowding at two others. The district serves 8,000 high-school students.

“We have burst at the seams, as they say, in our four high schools," Runyan said. "And we continue to grow and our class sizes were going over 40 in a class at our schools.”

Runyan says the new, unnamed school will focus on STEM fields, and be built, in part, using money from bonds approved by the community.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.