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Chandler school board to consider placing drug treatment provider for 6 high schools

Chandler Unified School District
Chandler Unified School District
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Chandler Unified School District office.

One week from Wednesday is the first day of school for students in one of Arizona’s largest districts.

This Wednesday night the governing board of Chandler Unified is set to consider bringing an outside addiction treatment and behavioral health provider for six high schools.

If approved, a nonprofit called Community Bridges Incorporated would be greenlit to provide services for the six high schools until the end of next June.

Records say the nonprofit would promote drug-abuse prevention and help run a diversion program for students and family.

Among the schools is Perry High, which Chandler’s governing board was told is ground zero for teens known as the Gilbert Goons accused of violence and drug activity.

Alleged threats last year toward a now-former Perry student led to a pending civil conspiracy lawsuit against alleged Goons and their parents.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the location of the Next Step Diversion Program. The program will serve six high schools, but all classes will be held at Hamilton High School.

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Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.