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Facilities Master Plan

Tucson Unified School District is committed to improving the facilities at each of the District’s schools in an equitable manner. With this in mind, the District developed a Facilities Master Plan to identify necessary facility repairs and improvements and funding sources. Over eight million square feet of buildings that average 47 years old coupled with cuts in State funding by more than $100 million over the past ten years has left Tucson Unified schools with outdated equipment, leaky roofs, broken heaters, and many more problems. The Facilities Master Plan was developed to identify and prioritize these needs. Implementation of this plan will set the stage for success in this district for years to come.

During the development of the plan, through town halls, focus groups and surveys, the district received suggestions and feedback from a wide range of our community, including teachers, staff, administrators, parents/guardians, students and interested community members. This public process and school-by-school assessments of experts in the field, identified over $500 million in school facility needs. The plan identified a bond as the only viable source of funding for the improvements needed, so focus groups developed bond scenarios to allocate different bond funding amounts to key projects.

Facilities Master Plan Information

Facility Master Plan (in PDF)

Facilities Master Plan FAQ

Q1. What is a Facilities Master Plan?
Answer: A Facilities Master Plan can address building maintenance, technology improvements, renovations to enhance curriculum, essentially anything that a school or district might need in regards to facilities. School and community involvement and consensus is built into the Facilities Master Plan process. As the plan is put into effect, all participants are allowed to comment and give suggestions. This, along with regular assessments, will address both current and future educational needs and gives the district the flexibility to adjust to emerging needs.

Q2. How does this plan benefit our community?
Answer: The master plan identifies facility improvements that enhance the learning environment; reduce costs through green building, energy efficiency and maintenance; and increase safety and security for our students adn staff. Besides reducing the annual costs to maintain buildings, costs that detract from classroom needs, these improvements support a curriculum identified in the District's strategic plan which includes high academic standards, project-based learning, technology matched to the workplace, and college and career learning opportunities. In summary, the Facilities Master Plan provides the opportunity for us to:

  • create better learning environments
  • reduce maintenance and energy costs
  • provide teachers with facilities that support them
  • inspire students and parents
  • attract students and teachers
  • improve neighborhoods and the community

Q3: Why doesn’t Tucson Unified request funds from the State School Facilities Board (SFB)?

Answer: Every year, Tucson Unified requests funds from the SFB to repair existing facilities. Tucson Unified has not requested SFB funds for new facilities or additions to facilities because we have the capacity to serve existing students with our existing facilities. This bond is to repair and improve those facilities.

Q4. What impact has State budget cuts had on Tucson Unified School District?
Answer: In the past ten years, funding for the Tucson Unified School District has been cut by over $100 million. As in virtually every other school district in the state, this has left our schools with outdated equipment, leaky roofs, broken heaters, and many more problems.

With eight million square feet of buildings, which average 47 years old, Tucson Unified must create a plan for its future. This is where the Facilities Master Plan comes in.

Community Survey (in PDF)

Key Facility Improvements for Buildings and Grounds

With over eight million square feet of buildings that average 46 years old, Tucson Unified School District is faced with considerable needs in maintaining our facilities. Add to this cuts in State funding by roughly $98 million over the past ten years, and the District needs address the needs of schools with outdated equipment, leaky roofs, broken heaters, and many more problems.

Here are some of our more pressing current needs:

  • Roofing - Recoating & Select Replacements - $53M
  • Heating & Cooling - Replace Equipment - $72M
  • Security - Fencing, Burglar Alarm, Front Entry - $23M
  • Special Systems - Fire Alarm, Public Address - $8M
  • Plumbing - Replace Old Fixtures - $2M
  • Doors / Hardware - $12M
  • Playground Equipment- $1M
  • Technology - Power & Access - $7M
  • Transportation - Replace Buses & Improve Facilities - $10M
  • Electrical - Replace Electrical Service Gear & Panels - $2M
  • Track & Field Repairs - $10M

Total = $200 Million

Key Facility Improvements to Enhance Learning

To better support modern curricula and teaching methods most of the learning spaces in Tucson Unified schools need to be upgraded. Key improvements would include improvements to multi-purpose areas, libraries, science and art labs, and the creation of project spaces where students could put what they have learned to use.

The following are estimated general funding categories and amounts based on surveys of one-third of the Tucson Unified schools. During the bond implementation phase, each school would work with a bond team to identify optimum projects for the school.

Elementary Schools

  • Student Space Improvements1 - $23 Million
  • Community Space Improvements2 - $32 Million

Middle / K-8 Schools

  • Student Space Improvements1 - $15 Million
  • Community Space Improvements2 - $13 Million
  • Technology Hub3 - $15 Million
  • Multiuse Outdoor Pavilion4 - $13 Million

High Schools / Alternative Programs

  • Student Space Improvements1 - $10 Million
  • Community Space Improvements2 - $10 Million
  • Technology Hub3 - $12 Million
  • Career & Technical Education5 - $ 7 Million

Total = $150 Million


  1. High School lobbies should be addressed relative to restrooms and exhibit space.
  2. New lighting, sound systems, acoustics with updated AV systems and finishes.
  3. Areas for enhanced student access to wireless, printers, wall monitors and student
    social interaction.
  4. Provide shaded outdoor areas for sports and large events
  5. Support transitioning students into the workforce by providing spaces that have up-to-date equipment and technology.
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Key Technology Improvements to Enhance Learning

Key infrastructure upgrades would be implemented to support STEM curricula and a "one-to-one laptop" initiative including:

  • electrical upgrades for power at the optimum locations
  • replacement of wireless routers for the higher capacities needed to support one-to-one laptops, digital libraries and databases
  • improvements to spaces to provide a better student-technology interface.
  • computer labs and cyber cafes that can be used for on-line testing, video conferencing, professional development and distance learning

Total = $47 Million

What People Are Saying...

Martha P. L. Whitaker, Tucson Unified parent

"The best part of TUSD schools is the fact that they are public schools. My children have, for the most part, had excellent teachers who sincerely care about all students, and are dedicated professionals."

Andrew Gardner, Tucson Unified parent

"TUSD has a lot of facilities, and a lot of complete facilities with cafeterias and libraries and athletic facilities that most charters do not. They can serve as community centers that support students and families in ways that a store front or office park school can't."

Mark S., Tucson Unified parent

"I have been happy with the three TUSD schools my children have attended ST, Dodge, and UHS; but many TUSD schools are in need of help building better communities and better academic environments for student success."

Astrid Cassandra Becerra, Tucson Unified parent

"I am a proud Tucson Unified parent. the district has a long way to go but I have so many things that I appreciate. The teachers who truly love their job, the office staff who are happy to greet you in the mornings, the support staff who are great team players, the principal who is always on top of everything to make sure the school is taken care of. The parent involvement is incredible. Those district officials who are constantly fighting for the best for our students. Some members of the board who never loose focus on what matters and who matters(the students, families and TUSD employees) Last but not least a superintendent who has stood strong in the fight to get TUSD to a better place."

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