TUSD one step closer to closing, consolidating schools - Tucson News Now

TUSD one step closer to closing, consolidating schools

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

At this point, school closures or consolidation is unavoidable in the Tucson Unified School District.

But the public is still bringing changes to the district master plan.

The $17 million budget shortfall next summer appears to be more of a reality.

The board had three scenarios to choose from to bridge that gap. And while cutting central administration and increasing utility efficiencies are among the savings, the big item for all is closing and consolidating schools.

At one point it could have been more than thirty. But the board decided this evening that no more than 10 schools will close.

"I understand that the board does have to consider consolidation.  And what I'm hoping to do is convince you that to consider consolidating into Dunham and keeping Dunham open," said Theresa Legros, Dunham Elementary mother.

The board said they will look at several factors when deciding which schools will shut their doors.

They said they will focus on middle schools. Also those with low academic performance and enrollment will be key factors that will weigh into the decision. In addition, they will try to close the schools that will allow parents the easiest transition to a new school. 

The board is expected to have a list of schools considered for closure by next week's meeting. 

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