The Fireside community at Norterra is a nice community. Pulte has been building there for over a year, coming on 2 years now, actually. Sales have been slow, as Pulte started this community at exactly the wrong time. In the area, however, look at what is going on along Happy Valley Road. On the north side, that new shopping development is going up very quickly, and it's being filled up with quality shops, including PF Changs. South of Happy Valley Road, you have a heck of a lot of light industrial/office warehouse product, as a result of businesses moving from the Scottsdale Airpark area to the Deer Valley airpark area to reduce costs.
Overall, I like the Fireside community at Norterra. The specs in particular are good deals, due to the incentives that Pulte is offering. Pulte is one of the most aggressive builders in the valley when it comes to pricing spec homes, and if the home is right for you, you are probably getting a good deal. But make sure the home is the right home for you. Most home owners live in their home for 5 years, so it's not like a bad hair cut that you can get out of in 6 weeks.
As far as the area school goes, it's my recollection that school is to be located off of Norterra parkway on the west side of the road, just after Dynamite Mountain Ranch ends, and you can look across to I-17. That's where land was set aside for a grade school, I believe. But it was set aside 5 or 6 years ago, and we still don't see any plans for an actual school to be built. Pulte, nor I, can make any promises about when the government will choose to build a school. I can point to where one might be located, but until we see dirt being pushed around, it's just dirt.
One of the good things about that neighborhood, is how nice 19th Ave and 7th St create traffic alternatives to I-17. And I-17 is going to get a lot worse here soon, before it gets better, as they continue the work to widen I-17 up through Anthem.