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Tucson Unified School District

TUSD to close five more schools

Five more Tucson public schools are slated to be closed.

The Tucson Unified School District Governing Board voted unanimously Tuesday to close Rogers, Fort Lowell, Duffy, Jefferson Park and Richey elementary schools, reports The Arizona Daily Star.

"It is very regrettable that we have to do this because there is value in small schools, but the financial circumstances are extreme," said board member Mark Stegeman.

Added board President Judy Burns, "If it isn't these schools that are closed, others will be."

The district could face a $28.6 million deficit if Prop. 100, a statewide 1-cent sales-tax increase, fails in the May election. In March the district announced layoffs of more than 60 administrators.

The district has posted on its website notice of a public hearing set for May 13 to discuss the possible closing of Roberts, Van Horne and Reynolds elementary schools.

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