TUSD: 2 more schools added to list facing closure

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson News Now has learned that two more schools may be added to the list of schools targeted for closures by the Tucson Unified School District. They are Santa Rita High School and Wakefield Middle School.

After nearly five hours the TUSD governing board last night made their decision to start the process on potential closures of other schools.

The board will hold public hearings in December on these schools – Sewell, Corbett, Lyons, Schumaker, Fort Lowell, Carson Hohokam, and Howenstine.  Things got very emotional at the meeting last night.

Hundreds of people showed up at the meeting carrying banners and wearing t-shirts in support of their schools.

The board heard pleas from parents, and the community for about three hours.  The meeting next week is expected to be packed as well.

There are other schools still on the list that the Board is looking at for possible closure, but Board members say they need more time to consider closing other schools.

Hollinger, Cragin, Brichta, Menlo Park, Manzo and Pueblo Gardens could still be on the chopping block.  The governing board stated they needed more information on the impact of closing those schools.

They plan to discuss further the possible school closures and vote on the remaining six at the next meeting.

If the district were to close 15 schools, it would only get them halfway to dealing with a $17 million shortfall expected next year.

TUSD is holding public hearings on the closures December 8 and December 10, both at Catalina Magnet High School; with a special meeting of the Board on December 20 at 6:30 p.m. also at Catalina.

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