Scottsdale (Ariz.) to consider closing schools to save money

Lauren Williams's picture
Monday, January 13, 2014

The Scottsdale Unified School District, facing a potential budget gap of $6 million, next week will discuss whether to close some schools as a way to save money.

The governing board held a study session Thursday in which the members learned that, with the rejection of the district’s budget override in November as well as other increased costs, they may have to cut $6 million from the 2014-15 budget.

One way to do that would be close some schools, some of which are underutilized. No specific schools have been mentioned as candidates for closure or consolidation.

But according to a space and enrollment formula set by the state School Facilities Board, Hohokam, Tonalea, Navajo and Yavapai elementary schools are below 50 percent capacity. Cherokee, Kiva, Laguna, Redfield, Sequoya and Copper Ridge elementary schools and Cocopah, Desert Canyon and Mountainside middle schools and Coronado High School all are below 60 percent.

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