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University High School proposed to relocate to Catalina High School

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The TUSD Governing Board heard a proposal last week to relocate University High School to Catalina High School.

"Right now, it's business as usual. Don't freak out. Don't change schools,” said TUSD Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo.

One of the goals is to address the issue of overcrowding.

The shared Rincon-UHS campus is currently experiencing at 113 percent capacity, according to the UHS presentation documents.

Catalina High is under-enrolled. The facility is meant to accommodate about 1,500 students but only houses approximately 730 students.

Trujillo noted transferring Catalina’s student population to Rincon would allow for future growth.

Sandy Elers, presidents of the Catalina High School Foundation, believes there are other solutions to consider.

"They (UHS) have lived in the basement of Rincon for a long time. I don't see obliterating Catalina to accommodate that. There are empty schools,” Elers said.

Elers is a member of the second graduating class of Catalina High School (1958).

She noted the population is vulnerable with a sizable refugee population and a high instance of poverty.

"They can't navigate the transportation system as easily as a native English speaker. We have more Youth on their Own (YOTO) students and more homeless kids. All those things are considerations and need accommodations,” Elers said.

Trujillo emphasized no final decisions have been made. He said it's a lengthy process filled with numerous legal hurdles. 

In the meantime, Trujillo has asked the principals of Rincon, University and Catalina high schools to assemble advisory committees.

"The district's role is to carry out the direction of our board and be collaborative with all parties,” Trujillo said.

To view the full University High School report click.

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