Council Member: Schools up for closure focused on Westside - Tucson News Now

Council Member: Schools up for closure focused on Westside

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Regina Romero, Tucson City Council Ward 1, sent a letter to the Tucson Unified School District's governing board expressing concerns of potential school closures being heavily concentrated on Tucson's Westside.

The governing board voted to potentially close four schools on the Westside including Brichta, Manzo, Maxwell and Menlo Park. Romero says this is a "disproportionate emphasis" on the Westside and that the board has not given the affected families a "comprehensive plan to deal with the fallout."

Romero says that future questions are raised including what to do with the vacant facilities, placement of students, and transportation accommodations. She would like the TUSD administration to grant her constituents a detailed explanation addressing these questions.

She also asks the outgoing board to "allow the will of the electorate to be heard." She is referring to the recent election by Tucson voters of Kristel Foster and Camiliano Juarez to join the TUSD board.

The public has the opportunity to weigh in on the proposed closures in the coming days at two public hearings. They will be held at Catalina High Schools' auditorium, 3645 E. Pima St., at 10 a.m. this Saturday and 6 p.m. Monday. 

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