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N4T Investigators: TUSD eyes school restructuring

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Faced with declining enrollment and a $4.5 million budget shortfall, Tucson Unified School District officials are now studying a restructuring plan that could lead to the closure or consolidation of some of the district's ten high schools.

"High school consolidation restructuring is something we have been kicking down the road for years and we just can't afford to kick it any longer, " said TUSD board member Dr. Mark Stegeman in December.

TUSD officials are looking at a number of different factors during their evaluations of each of the schools.

Those factors include school capacity, location, demographics, proximity to other schools, and conversations with students, parents and school staff.

"It's much more comprehensive that just a mathematical problem," said board member Kristel Foster.

The numbers behind school capacity levels are clear though.

Eight of the district's ten schools are either significantly under or significantly over capacity.

Overcapacity schools include:

Rincon High School: 104%

Tucson High School: 108%

Cholla High School: 115%

University High School: 122%

Under-capacity schools include:

Palo Verde High School: 61%

Catalina High School: 49%

Sabino High School: 48%

Santa Rita High School: 22%

TUSD board members reached by News 4 Tucson said they wanted to withhold judgment on what could happen to different schools until the report is complete.

When TUSD's board unanimously approved studying high school restructuring they did not set a deadline for when the plan had to be completed.

"It has to be a win-win for everybody. Not just for one group of learners," said Foster.

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