TUSD won't move forward with proposal to redraw school boundaries

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Published: Feb. 13, 2018 at 4:18 PM MST|Updated: Feb. 13, 2018 at 10:51 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Tucson Unified School District won't move forward with a plan to redraw the boundaries for four high schools.

Tuesday night, the board voted 4-1 in favor of the TUSD High School Revitalization Initiative, but they did not accept the part of the plan that would have changed the district boundaries for Tucson High, Catalina High, Rincon High and Palo Verde High.

Read more about what the board approved HERE.

Under the rejected plan: students in the eastern and/or northern part of Tucson High's district could be sent to Catalina High while students in the southern and/or eastern part of Rincon's boundary could be moved to Palo Verde.

The TUSD is also facing an issue with Santa Rita High that could change the education landscape across the state.

Rep. Todd Clodfelter, of Tucson, has filed a bill that would let the Vail School District take over Santa Rita High. Vail is growing and needs another high school and Santa Rita has only 440 students, about 21 percent of its capacity.

HB 2524, which can be read HERE, would allow a district to take over a school in another district under the following conditions:

  • The school's enrollment must be below 25 percent capacity
  • The district has to pay the other district 10 percent of the assessed value of the school
  • The district taking over the school must have a grade of C or higher and be able to prove enrollment gains in three of the previous five years
  • The district's governing board must take ownership of the school's facilities
  • The districts must redraw their boundaries

On Tuesday, the House Education Committee approved Clodfelter's bill but it still has a long way to go before becoming law.

Rincon and University share a campus in midtown Tucson. Last year, the TUSD governing board considered merging Catalina and Rincon to give University High its own campus. Under the proposal, Catalina students would be sent to the Rincon campus while University High would take over the Catalina facility. That proposal has been dropped.

Below are enrollment figures for TUSD high schools.

School name Enrollment Estimate Capacity Current Utilization
University/Rincon 2,176 1,970 110 percent
Tucson High 3,104 2,900 107 percent
Cholla 1,940 1,900 102 percent
Pueblo 1,716 1,900 90 percent
Sahuaro 1,751 1,950 90 percent
Palo Verde 1,139 2,070 55 percent
Catalina 745 1,500 50 percent
Sabino 901 1,950 46 percent
Santa Rita 440 2,070 21 percent

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