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Closed School Sites

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
  • 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
  • Schumaker Elementary School
  • Wakefield Middle School

Status of Closed School Sites

The district has re-purposed the closed schools as quickly as possible to generate revenue, minimize costs and reduce negative impacts to the community. As of September 13, 2016, the following arrangements have been made for the 20 closed school sites: six have been leased for other educational/community uses; three have been re-purposed for TUSD uses such as early learning centers; two are in escrow for sale; three have been sold; and two are being held for future TUSD educational uses. The remaining four sites are being offered for sale or lease. The map below shows the status and location of the closed schools.

Map of closed school sites

Status of Closed Elementary Schools

  • Brichta
  • Corbett
    • Available for lease or purchase
  • Duffy
    • TUSD's Community Service Programs
  • Fort Lowell School
    • Sold in 2016
  • Jefferson Park
    • Leased to International School- signed 11/28/11
  • Keen
    • Available for lease or purchase
  • Lyons
    • Partial lease; remainder available for lease or purchase
  • Menlo Park
    • Leased to Intermountain Academy - signed 7/6/15
  • Reynolds
    • In escrow for sale
  • Richey
    • Leased to Pascua Yaqui Tribe - signed 03/01/12
  • Roberts
    • Leased to Pima Community College - signed 12/13/11
  • Rogers
    • Leased to Sky Islands - signed 4/19/13
  • Schumaker
  • Van Horne
    • Sold in 2016
  • Wrightstown
    • Sold in 2015

Status of Closed Middle/K-8 Schools

  • Carson
    • Hold for possible TUSD redevelopment
  • Ft. Lowell/Townsend
    • In escrow for sale
  • Hohokam
    • Patent land educational use only; hold for future growth
  • Wakefield

Status of Closed High Schools

  • Howenstine
    • Portion of grounds leased; available for lease or purchase