Tucson Unified School District has voted to close six more schools. They are, Maxwell Middle School, Brichta Elementary, Menlo Park Elementary, Manzo Elementary, Cragin Elementary and Wakefield Middle School. That brings the total to 14 school that could be closed.
Earlier this month, Sewell Elementary was one of the first 8 schools to be put on the chopping block. Many of the parents are upset that they may have to find another school for their children.
For 12 or so families they have been through this before. The families had children going to Duffy Elementary School before it closed in 2010. The families are faced with another move within 3 years. They aren't too happy about that.
Lisa Capron has a 2nd grader and 4th grader at Sewell. Her two children did go to Duffy before the closure. She felt that the move would be her last. Capron says, "We were promised verbally at a meeting at Duffy that our receiving school was guaranteed 5 years immunity from future closures." She doesn't want to leave and her children feel the same way. "We lived just up the street from that school and for 2 years we watched it sit empty it had a huge impact on her and now she is facing it again," said Capron.
At the end of the school day, parents were given an orange flyer that said, "Keep Sewell Elementary Open." Tomorrow at 6pm, community members, lawmakers and parents will gather at Sewell Elementary to talk about the closure. The goal is to find a way to keep the school open.
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