TUSD: Eight schools face closure, six still undecided - Tucson News Now

TUSD: Eight schools face closure, six still undecided

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

After nearly five hours the TUSD Governing Board made their decision to start the process on potential closures of eight schools.

The Board will hold public hearings in December on these schools – Sewell, Corbett, Lyons, Schumaker, Fort Lowell, Carson Hohokam, and Howenstine.  Things got very emotional at the meeting last night.

Hundreds of people showed up at the meeting carrying banners and wearing T-shirts in support of their schools. 

The Board heard pleas from parents, and the community for about three hours.  The meeting next week is expected to be packed as well. 

There are other schools still on the list that the Board is looking at for possible closure, but Board members say they need more time to consider closing other schools.

Hollinger, Cragin, Brichta, Menlo Park, Manzo and Pueblo Gardens could still be on the chopping block.  The Governing Board stated they needed more information on the impact of closing those schools. 

They plan to discuss further the eight possible school closures and vote on the remaining six at the next meeting.

If the district were to close 15 schools, it would only get them halfway to dealing with a $17 million shortfall expected next year. 

TUSD is holding a public hearing and a final vote on the possible closures on Dec. 20.

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