606 S Plumer Ave
Tucson, AZ, 85719
TUSD has closed twenty schools in the past twelve years. With the exception of Keen Elementary School, which was closed due to being in the Davis-Monthan Airbase flight zone, the decision to close schools was made in response to reductions in state funding and excess capacity at our schools.
In 2004, Keen Elementary School was closed due to being in the Davis-Monthan Airbase flight zone.
In early 2010, due to reductions in state funding and significant excess capacity, the district worked with under-enrolled schools, encouraging them to develop consolidation plans (schools combined into a single school). Some schools came forward with these plans; for others, plans were developed by district staff after meeting with school communities. The consolidations resulted in the closure of nine schools. Closures were approved by the Governing Board as follows:
Even in the first year this helped to cut costs, returning 2% (approximately $30,000) to every school that remained open.
Then in June 2012, with continued reductions in state funding, a projected deficit of $17 million and 13,000 more seats than students, the district began a public process to determine additional closures. This process involved the development and consideration of a wide range of scenarios through town halls, focus groups and hearings before the Governing Board. On December 20, 2012, the Governing Board approved the closure of the following schools:
The district has re-purposed the closed schools as quickly as possible to generate revenue, minimize costs and reduce negative impacts to the community. As of September 13, 2016, the following arrangements have been made for the 20 closed school sites: six have been leased for other educational/community uses; three have been re-purposed for TUSD uses such as early learning centers; three are in escrow for sale; two have been sold; and two are being held for future TUSD educational uses. The remaining four sites are being offered for sale or lease. The map below shows the status and location of the closed schools.