State and local officials turned out on Tuesday, August 3, for BASIS Charter School's ribbon cutting ceremony in Oro Valley.

Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath, council members Barry Gillaspie, Lou Waters and Joe Hornat, State Sen. Al Melvin and Rep. Nancy Young Wright joined hundreds of parents and students to celebrate the near completion of the school in Oro Valley's Steam Pump Village.

BASIS officials expect the school to open in time for the coming school year. Already, more than 500 students have signed up for the inaugural term.

This will be the third school BASIS has opened, with one in Scottsdale and another in midtown Tucson. It has been consistently ranked among the top schools in the country for the past several years.

The school is located in the Steam Pump Village shopping center on Oracle Road north of First Avenue.

Hiremath said the school would be a good addition to the town, which already has two quality high schools in Canyon Del Oro and Ironwood Ridge.

In addition, the mayor commented on the speed with which the project was completed, calling it an example of the efficiencies of the town's revised development process.

"This project is a model, because from start to finish it only took four months to complete," Hiremath said.

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