CFUSD Plans Early Childhood Development Center

Work is also underway on a 12,000 square-foot early childhood education center being built on a triangle-shaped 10-acre site the district owns on the north side of Sunrise Drive between Skyline Drive and Campo Abierto. The center, which should be ready to open in time for next school year, will replace Valley View Preschool, 5281 N. Valley View Road.

[Associate Superintendent Terry] Downey told the school board there are issues over access to the new center. Current plans include entrances off both Sunrise and Skyline drives, which she said is not optimum because it will mean arriving traffic from the west will either U-turn at Campo Abierto on Sunrise Drive or turn left onto Skyline Drive where there is no traffic light. Departing traffic for the east is even more problematic as drivers will be faced with going west on Sunrise until they reach a break in the median to make a U-turn. If traffic goes farther west, they will have to go much farther because U-turns are not currently permitted at the traffic signal at Campbell Avenue. Another round-about option would be to go east on Skyline Drive to Pontatoc or Swan roads.

County officials are talking about realigning Campo Abierto north from Sunrise Drive to connect with Skyline Drive and, possibly eliminate the full intersection at Sunrise and Skyline, where there is no traffic signal and which has seen at least one fatal car crash. In that scenario, the school district would make an entrance to the early childhood education center off Campo Abierto, Downey said.

Both the early childhood education center and the high school parking lot projects are being built under construction management contracts with Heery International Inc. architects and engineers, which is headquartered in Atlanta but has had an office in Tucson since 2000.