The Hesperia Unified School District will get its second elementary school of choice in August 2009, when Krystal Elementary School opens its doors.

The HUSD school board chose the focus at a facilities meeting Monday afternoon to response to two surveys given to parents in 2007 and 2008.

"The overwhelming choice is science, math and technology," said Jovy Yankaskas, the district's assistant superintendent of educational services.

The district originally surveyed parents in spring 2007 about their general interest of themes for schools of choice. The top choices -- out of 657 surveys returned -- were for schools of fine arts and foreign language and a school of visual and performing arts. Cypress Academy of Arts, which reopened with its new theme this school year, covers those bases, and the next highest choice was an academy of science, math and technology. (A school of sports and fitness came in fourth on the survey.)

A follow-up survey in August 2008, targeting families of students attending Kingston and Lime Street Elementary Schools -- the two schools that would see their crowding alleviated when Krystal opens -- gave overwhelming approval to the science, math and technology theme, with almost 90 percent of the 438 returned surveys supporting the focus.

"That's obvious that it's the direction the entire world is going in," school board member Lee Rogers said Monday.

The board approved the decision with a 4-0 vote.

The decision on a theme will be used to hire a principal "passionate" about the school's focus, said Superintendent Mark McKinney, who will then hire staff and teachers to complement it.

Krystal Elementary School will be built on the northeast corner of Farmdale Avenue and Krystal Road.

The next meeting of the Hesperia Unified School District school board will take place on Monday, September 22 at 6 p.m. in the Administration and Educational Support Center Annex, 15576 Main Street.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.