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Posted Jul 2, 2012, 9:09 am
Shuttering schools to close a budget gap will be an option on the agenda at a TUSD Governing Board meeting Monday night.
With Tucson Unified School District facing a $10-17 million shortfall for the 2013-14 school year, the board of the area's largest district is looking at the option of closing schools and building new, larger ones in their place.
Also on the table:
- Increasing class sizes
- Program cuts
- Laying off 300 teachers
- Cutting salaries by 8 percent
The district has more than 13,000 empty seats in classrooms, with a further decrease in enrollment of about 1,500 every year.
The board will meet at 4 p.m. at TUSD headquarters, 1010 E. 10th Street. An executive session is slated to open the meeting, with the public portion beginning around 6:30 p.m.