The job of being a principal at any school has to be a challenge. Telling parents, students, staff and teachers the school they work at or go to maybe closing is an even tougher challenge.
Schumaker Elementary Principal Julie Laird had to give that speech to those groups last month. The school near Pantano and Broadway is one of 14 schools on Tucson Unified School District's closure list.
TUSD is facing a budget deficit of $17 million for the next school year. To help balance the budget, the board is making a tough decision to consider closing schools. The board looked at 10 areas of why they should close certain schools. From low academic performance to high cost savings.
Principal Laird knows the decision is not a popular one with some parents, but one that helps the district's budget deficit. "The closures have to happen, for the best of the kids here as well as the kids everywhere, I don't want to work at a school next year that is so short on supplies and programs and services," said Principal Laird.
If Schumaker is closed. The students that stay in the district, will most likely be moved to Bloom or Henry Elementary. As for the teachers and staff, the hope is that those folks can find work at Bloom and Henry or another school in the district.
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