Facing what officials call an "alarming" financial outlook, the Tucson Unified School District is once again considering closing more schools.
The option is being considered for the 2013-2014 school year as enrollment and state funding continue to decline.
The idea includes not only closing schools, but building newer, larger schools - an expense that TUSD could ask taxpayers to cover through a bond election.
On average, TUSD has been losing about 1,500 students annually during the last several years. The loss has been attributed to a decrease in the number of school-age children living within TUSD boundaries, flight to charter schools, the downturn in the economy and a change in immigration policies.
TUSD, which serves about 51,000 students, has 13,000 empty seats - roughly the population of the fourth-largest district in the Tucson area, Marana.