TUSD outlines plans to cover potential budget shortfall
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Reporter: Alexis Fernandez
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Dozens of community members packed the auditorium at Catalina Magnet High School to hear from the Tucson Unified School District Governing Board about its plans to make up for the potential $17 million budget shortfall next school year if Proposition 204, the renewal of the one cent sales tax doesn't pass.
Monday's public meeting was about narrowing down the six plans that would help the multi-million dollar gap.
All of the plans would cut programs, close schools and increase or decrease class sizes.
"During this tough economic time, which most Arizona districts are actually facing, it is challenging to decrease our budget and then increase student achievement," said Miguel Cuevas, president of the governing board.
Community members weighed in on which one they would prefer.
Three out of five people voted for scenario three, which would reduce the budget by $17-20 million, close or consolidate several buildings and cut the least amount of staff.
The open house was only a public hearing and questions were not answered.
"This is one of the many phases in order to solicit community feedback, in order to set the path for the district," Cuevas said.
Many concerned parents voiced their frustration with the process.
"I find this process kind of disturbing, I don’t understand why we’re doing some of the things we’re doing," said one of the parents at the meeting.
Board members said it aims to have a final plan set by December.