Cherokee Elementary School

  • Cherokee ES      Cherokee ES 2021

    At its regular board meeting on October 16, 2018, the SUSD Governing Board voted unanimously to redevelop Cherokee Elementary School. This project's goals were determined by the first two Community Forum meetings.

    Project Updates

    August 2, 2021 New building officially opens with a ribbon cutting ceremony

    February 1, 2021 Aerial footage shows progress of the Cherokee Elementary School redevelopment.

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    November 9, 2020 Town of Paradise Valley Presentation | Traffic Impact

    October 8, 2020 Aerial footage shows progress of the Cherokee Elementary School redevelopment. 

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    August 3, 2020: Aerial footage shows progress of the Cherokee Elementary School redevelopment.

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    July 13, 2020: Aerial footage shows progress of the Cherokee Elementary School redevelopment.

    • Teachers move in week of 7/20/2020
    • Goal for building opening: 8/10/2020

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    March 28, 2020 Just recently, we completed the underground sewer line which ties into the city sewer main and also connects to each of the new buildings. On Building 300 classrooms, we are finishing the steel deck on the east side and getting in the shade to start the interior work! On Building 400 classrooms, we have completed topping out the masonry, and are moving to the steel roof joists installation and decking next week. We are making great strides!

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    Completed Meetings

    July 24, 2019 — Visioning Committee Meeting #7
    August 12, 2019 — Community Forum #6: Cherokee Design Presentation - First look at the proposed design concept for the Cherokee rebuild
    August 20, 2019 — Orcutt Winslow architects present proposed design concept to the SUSD Governing Board for approval - Orcutt Winslow Presentation on Cherokee Elementary School Rebuild Project
    June 26, 2019 — Visioning Committee Meeting #6
    May 14, 2019 — SUSD Governing Board Regular Monthly Meeting:
    The Board approved  a Construction Manager @ Risk (CMAR) form of contract for Cherokee's construction if it approves a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for the work that CORE Construction will submit in the future.
    April 29, 2019 — Community Forum #5
    April 16, 2019 — SUSD Governing Board Regular Monthly Meeting:
    The Board voted to rebuild Cherokee Elementary School.
    April 11, 2019 —SUSD Governing Board Study Session:
    Orcutt Winslow architects and CORE Construction, Inc. recommended that Cherokee Elementary School be rebuilt, rather than renovated.
    March 25, 2019 — Community Forum #4
    March 19, 2019 — SUSD Governing Board Regular Monthly Meeting:
    The Board awarded CORE Construction, Inc.,  Phoenix, a contract for pre-construction services for the Cherokee Elementary School project from five companies that submitted bids.  A pre-construction fee not to exceed 0.7% of the final construction costs was negotiated with CORE.
    March 7, 2019 — Governing Board Study Session (Project Update)
    March 6, 2019 — Visioning Meeting #5
    March 1, 2019 — 'Alternative' Community Forum #3
    February 20, 2019 — Visioning Meeting #4
    February 6, 2019 — Visioning Meeting #3
    January 28, 2019 — Cherokee Project Community Forum #3
    January 23, 2019 — Visioning Committee #2
    January 16, 2019 — Cherokee Visioning Committee. #1
    January 7, 2019 — Cherokee Project Community Forum #2
    December 17, 2018 — Cherokee Project Community Forum #1 [Flyer]
    December 11, 2018 — SUSD Governing Board selects Phoenix-based Orcutt Winslow as project architect.
    October 16, 2018 — SUSD Governing Board voted to redevelop Cherokee Elementary School with voter-approved bonds.

     Cherokee Visioning Committee

    This committee, appointed by the Cherokee principal, will work between Community Forum meetings on the details of the Cherokee project. It is comprised of Cherokee parents, neighbors, teachers and staff.


    Walt Chantler 
    Paul Andersen
    Amber Lindsey
    Nikki Kaiser
    Melissa Millstein
    Jenni Holland
    Melanie Usher
    Anne Waddington
    Carrie Robinson
    Mike Wacaser 
    Brenda Nelson
    Judy Droz
    Peggy Kaiser
    Amanda Shapiro


    Chief Peter Wingert
    Peggy Minard
    Timothy Bidwill
    Skip Robinson
    Rachel Loftin
    Kami Galvani
    Mason Renfer
    Christy Wright
    Matthew Pittinsky
    Bridgett Sechrest
    Valerie Pesch
    Melinda Gulick

    Project Contacts

    Project Partners:

    Whitney Bunn, LEED AP
    Project Manager
    CORE Construction

    SUSD Facilities Director:

    Dennis Roehler
    (480) 484-8503

    Cherokee School Principal:

    Walter Chantler
    (480) 484-8700
    8801 N. 56th St.
    Paradise Valley, AZ 85253