TUSD to discuss reopening Carson Middle School to ease overcrowding

Published: Aug. 9, 2016 at 9:47 AM MST|Updated: Aug. 9, 2016 at 10:25 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson Unified School District leaders are considering reopening a school that has sat empty for years in order to help with overcrowding issues.

Dietz K-8 has been dealing with overcrowding for a while now, and educators say it will only get worse in the next few years.

Right now, special events are held throughout Dietz, because there isn't one set room to hold all the students.

At their board meeting Tuesday night, TUSD officials will discuss the possibility of closing Dietz, and moving all students to Carson Middle School.

In 2013, Carson Middle School, along with several other schools were forced to close, mainly because of budget cuts.

It would cost roughly $7 million to reopen Carson.

The money would come from desegregation funds.

Some people living near Carson are against the idea, while others said they has no problem with it.

"I would prefer that it be open, there has been a fire in the yard there and TPD uses it for practice of sometimes," said Barbara Maxwell. "When I'm trying to get my 3-month-old grandson for a nap and I hear shooting, [it] is really hard."

According to the agenda, if the Board decides to move forward with this project, staff will:

1. Consult with the Special Master and Plaintiffs.

2. If desegregation funding is approved, staff will meet with affected communities to develop options and create an improvement plan.

3. Prepare desegregation impact analysis and a project budget to submit to the Special Master and Court for approval.

4. Prepare construction documents and a budget for Board approval.

5. Construct improvements.
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