Posted 12:26 PM 8/1/2013 : Back to school for TUSD
TUCSON - Students of the city's largest school district start classes today and those students will be facing a lot of changes.
A new superintendent and fewer campuses are the new reality for TUSD.
Dr. H.T. Sanchez takes over the reigns at TUSD, which cut 11 campuses from it's roster to tackle ongoing budget issues.
Several thousands of students started their classes today at a different school as a result.
Posted 6:14 PM 7/31/2013 : TUSD families prepare for the start of a new school year
TUCSON- Believe it or not, students from Tucson's largest school district are heading back to the books on Thursday and TUSD is working hard to make sure the first day of school runs smoothly.
More than 50,000 students are expected to show up to TUSD schools on Thursday and about 3,000 of those students will be in new schools.
At the end of last school year, TUSD shut down 11 schools to help solve a $17 million budget deficit projected for the 2013-2014 school year.
One of those schools on the chopping block was Schumaker Elementary School. "I'm sad I can't go back there," says 9-year-old Lindi Mullins.
Mullins will be heading into 4th grade this school year. TUSD directed students from Schumaker transfer to Bloom or Henry Elementary Schools. But Lindi's mother, Melissa Dengler, says those schools are too far from home.
Dengler headed to TUSD District Headquarters on Wednesday to see if her daughter can enroll at another school. "I just feel anxious about the whole thing because I'm not ready," Dengler says.
Whichever school Lindi ends up at, Dengler just hopes it's an easy transition. "Some kids get really nervous, but she's usually pretty good, she wants to go back," Dengler says.
TUSD will have a staff member on hand Thursday at each of the 11 closed schools, just in case students show up.
TUSD also says if your children takes the school bus, make sure to have them show up Thursday morning at their stops at least 10 minutes prior to the time scheduled.
Routes can take up to three weeks to be established at the beginning of school due to the volume of new students enrolling. Starting August 1, customer service can be reached at 225-4800 between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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