Federal Court approves closure of 11 TUSD schools - Tucson News Now

Federal Court approves closure of 11 TUSD schools

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson Unified School District has received approval from the U.S. District Court to close 11 schools.

According to a news release from TUSD, the closures are subject to court-adopted conditions that were put forth by the special master appointed by the court to oversee the desegregation order known as the Unitary Status Plan.

Maxwell Middle School is among the schools to be closed, but it will be reopened in the next school year as a K-8 school.

Schools that will be closed
• Brichta Elementary School, 2110 W. Brichta Drive
• Carson Middle School, 7777 E. Stella Road
• Corbett Elementary School, 5949 E. 29th St.
• Fort Lowell-Townsend K-8, 2120 N. Beverly Blvd.
• Hohokam Middle School, 7400 S. Settler
• Howenstine High School 555 S. Tucson Blvd.
• Lyons Elementary School, 7555 E. Dogwood St.
• Maxwell Middle School, 2802 W. Anklam Road (Note: Will be reopened as a K-8 school)
• Menlo Park Elementary, 1100 W Fresno St.
• Schumaker Elementary School, 501 N. Maguire
• Wakefield Middle School, 101 W. 44th St.

The district governing board decided to close the schools as part of a plan to bridge a budget gap of more than $17 million.

According to TUSD, the closures will cut $4.2 million from next year's budget and provide $4.5 million in annual savings.

Each of the schools to be closed will remain open through the end of this school year, which ends on May 23.

Court approval of school boundaries and construction projects related to school consolidation is still pending.

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