Changes may curb vandalism at closed TUSD schools - Tucson News Now

Changes may curb vandalism at closed TUSD schools

Rogers Elementary has been empty since 2010. Rogers Elementary has been empty since 2010.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Changes are happening at two schools closed by the Tucson Unified School District that may help communities combat vandalism and protect home property values.

Cleaning is underway at the old Rogers Elementary School as the new Sky Islands public school prepares to open next month.

"We're going to be bringing in a team of cleaners to get the floors ready," Sky Islands Director Shari Popen said.   "Once that's done then we're ready to put the furniture out."

Workers are repairing the electric and plumbing on the TUSD campus that's been empty since 2010.

"TUSD has been Johnny-on-the-spot in terms of getting us keys, getting us the paint colors," Popen said.

That's good news for a site that had turned into a neighborhood eyesore, as vandalism was so bad at the school.  Progress has been made, and only the second wing of the school won't be finished in time for the first school year.

Vandalism is also a major concern for those living near the recently-closed Shumaker school campus.

"When you have a school with nobody around and a locked gate with nobody watching, it's going to happen," neighborhood leader Kenneth Bertschy said.

He is working with the Ward two city council office to turn the school's playground into a public park.

"There is only one place where kids can play in a park, and they have to cross Broadway," Bertschy said.  "You're not going to let your five-year-old do that."

TUSD and the Parks and Recreation Department will work together to keep the field cut and green.

The gates to the park are expected to open any day now.

Copyright 2013 Tucson News Now All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Actress arrested in sex trafficking in 'guru to stars' case

    Actress arrested in sex trafficking in 'guru to stars' case

    Friday, April 20 2018 4:13 PM EDT2018-04-20 20:13:13 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 9:34 PM EDT2018-04-21 01:34:45 GMT
    (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File). FILE - This June 26, 2012, file photo shows television actress Allison Mack at a party in Los Angeles. Federal prosecutors say television actress Allison Mack, from "Smallville" has been charged with sex tr...(Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File). FILE - This June 26, 2012, file photo shows television actress Allison Mack at a party in Los Angeles. Federal prosecutors say television actress Allison Mack, from "Smallville" has been charged with sex tr...
    Federal prosecutors say a television actress best known for playing a young Superman's close friend has been charged with sex trafficking for helping recruit women to be slaves of a man who sold himself as a...
    Federal prosecutors say a television actress best known for playing a young Superman's close friend has been charged with sex trafficking for helping recruit women to be slaves of a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru.
  • Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson delights high school girl with prom surprise

    Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson delights high school girl with prom surprise

    Friday, April 20 2018 5:35 PM EDT2018-04-20 21:35:23 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 5:35 PM EDT2018-04-20 21:35:23 GMT
    Katie Kelzenberg invited the Hollywood star to her prom next month. (Source: Vianney Le Caer/AP)Katie Kelzenberg invited the Hollywood star to her prom next month. (Source: Vianney Le Caer/AP)

    Katie Kelzenberg invited the Hollywood star to her prom next month.

    Katie Kelzenberg invited the Hollywood star to her prom next month.

  • American ISIS wife endured horror, now wants to come home

    American ISIS wife endured horror, now wants to come home

    Thursday, April 19 2018 7:26 PM EDT2018-04-19 23:26:55 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 9:02 PM EDT2018-04-20 01:02:08 GMT

    Sam Sally says she was coerced by her husband, who has since died, into crossing into ISIS territory while on vacation in Turkey four years ago.

    Sam Sally says she was coerced by her husband, who has since died, into crossing into ISIS territory while on vacation in Turkey four years ago.

Powered by Frankly