Cherokee Elementary School

Project Updates

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


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

Drone Footage

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

Drone Footage


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!

Drone Footage:

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