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Closed Schools - Background Information

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:

  • Wrightstown Elementary School- May 11, 2010
  • Reynolds, Roberts and Van Horne elementary schools -  June 15, 2010
  • Fort Lowell, Rogers, Duffy and Jefferson Park elementary schools - July 1, 2010
  • Richey Elementary School - July 13, 2010

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:

  • Brichta Elementary School
  • Broadway Bridge Alternative School
  • Carson Middle School
  • Corbett Elementary School
  • Fort Lowell-Townsend K-8 School
  • Hohokam Middle School
  • Howenstine Magnet High School
  • Lyons Elementary School
  • Menlo Park Elementary School
  • PACE Alternative School
  • PASS Alternative School
  • Schumaker Elementary School
  • Wakefield Middle School

Map of Closed School Sites (in PDF): Shows status and location of closed schools

Closed Schools and Surplus Properties - Current Status

Map of Closed Schools (in PDF) and Vacant TUSD Sites (in PDF)
  • Status of Closed Elementary Schools
    • Brichta (2110 W. Brichta Drive)
      • TUSD infant and early learning center
    • Corbett (5949 E 29th St)
      • Sold 2021
    • Duffy (5145 E 5th Street)
      • Clothing Bank, Exceptional Education Service Center, and Governing Board and professional development meeting room
    • Fort Lowell School (5151 E Pima Street)
      • Sold 2016
    • Jefferson Park (1701 E Seneca Street)
      • Lease to International School signed 11/28/11
    • Lyons (755 E Dogwood Street)
      • Partial lease; remainder available for lease or purchase
    • Menlo Park (1100 W Fresno Street)
      • Family and Community Center and School Safety
    • Reynolds (7450 E Stella Road)
      • Sold in 2017
    • Richey (2209 N 15th Avenue)
      • Lease to Pascua Yaqui Tribe signed 03/01/12
    • Roberts (1701 S Columbus Boulevard)
      • Lease to Pima Community College signed 12/13/11
    • Rogers (6000 E 15th Street)
      • Lease to Sky Islands High School
    • Schumaker (501 N. Maguire Avenue)
      • TUSD infant and early learning center
    • Van Horne (7550 E Pima Street)
      • Sold in 2016
    • Wrightstown (8920 E Wrightstown Road)
      • Sold in 2015
  • Status of Closed Middle/K-8 Schools
    • Carson Middle School (7777 E Stella Road)
      • Hold for future use
    • Ft. Lowell/Townsend (2120 N Beverly Avenue)
      • Sold
    • Hohokam (7400 S Settler Avenue)
      • leased to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe as an education/training center
    • Wakefield (101 W 44th Street)
      • new Wakefield Middle School with portions leased to Higher Ground and the Lapan Foundation for student support services
  • Status of Closed High Schools
    • Broadway Bridge ( 2120 E Broadway Boulevard)
      • Currently leased
    • Howenstine (555 S Tucson Boulevard)
      • professional development center with the grounds leased to Merchants' Gardens
    • PACE
      • Used by TUSD Team 7
    • PASS (2102 E Broadway Boulevard)
      • Currently leased
  • Vacant TUSD Sites

    PARCELS

    ACRES

    ZONING

    SITE NAMES

    LOCATIONS

    ADDRESSES

    USES

    DATES

    10317297F

    1.5

    SR

    # 1

    Goret Rd, 0.5 W of Silverbell

    3068 W Goret Rd.

    Undeveloped

     

    10317298A

    6.1

    SR

    # 1

    Goret Rd, 0.5 W of Silverbell

    3070 W Goret Rd.

    Undeveloped

     

    133370210

    10.2

    SR

    # 99

    SW of 5th/Ridgeside Dr

    10849 E 5th St.

    Offer

    1/10/2018

    212300170

    4.3

    SR

    # 121

    SW of Carol Av/Albert Rd

    3200 S Carol Ave.

    Undeveloped

     

    212300180

    4.8

    SR

    # 121

    SW of Carol Av/Albert Rd

    3300 S Carol Ave.

    Undeveloped

     

    13612006A

    9.6

    SR

    # 124

    SW of Bonanza/Watson

    3131 S Portia Ave.

    In escrow

    12/20/2017

    114263140

    9.6

    SR

    # 126

    NE of Bonanza/Fort Lowell

    9999 E Fort Lowell Rd.

    Undeveloped

     

    103030450

    4

    SR

    # 127

    NW of Oxbow/Verada Del Venado

    4608 W Verada Del Venado

    Undeveloped

     

    13336008K

    10.4

    SR

    # 138

    NE of 5th St/Bonanza

    550 N Bonanza Ave.

    Sold

    9/13/2017

    138280540

    9.1

    GR-1

    # 141

    SE of Settler/Calle Torim

    7741 S Settler Ave.

    Undeveloped

     

    214232300

    23.6

    SR

    # A

    NW of Tortolita Rd/Camino de la Amapola

    5100 W Camino de la Amapola

    Undeveloped

     

    103174200

    19

    CR-1

    # Z

    NE of Lloyd Bush/Ironwood Hills Dr

    2445 N Llyod Bush Dr.

    Undeveloped

     

    103020010

    39.1

    SR

    # XV

    NW of El Moraga/Sweetwater

    4500 N Newland Dr.

    Undeveloped

     

    13825593C

    60.9

    GR-1

    Southwest HS

    SE of Cardinal/ Valencia

    6775 S Cardinal Ave.

    In escrow

    4/10/2018

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