Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tonight's TUSD Special Meeting on School Closures Moved to Catalina High

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 3:56 PM

When the Range covered last week's Tucson Unified School District's governing board special meeting on school closures, TUSD used the Catalina Magnet High School auditorium.

Yesterday, TUSD sent out a press release that a continuance of that meeting scheduled for today, Tuesday, Nov. 27, would not be held in the governing board room at the district's administration building, but once again at Catalina to make sure there was adequate room.

The meeting, which looks at schools on TUSD's closure and consolidation list, will focus on schools the board requested more information on from district staff before making a decision. Once a list is complete, the district will have a two public hearings next month.

Added to the list for tonight discussion is Wakefield Middle School and Santa Rita High School.

While last week's special meeting received some criticism on the legality of that meeting and past TUSD school board meetings, this week's meeting received shots for competing with the second special master desegregation hearing tonight at Pueblo Regional Center. Mexican-American studies advocate Miguel Ortega was the first speaker at yesterday deseg hearing at Tucson Magnet High School, and he mentioned to the special master the two meetings being schedule on the same night and what he consider the continue disrespect of of the community by TUSD.

Here is the deseg info you need to know while figuring out if you're going go all Star Trek and transport yourself from one meeting to another tonight, or go to TUSD special meeting tonight and the last deseg meeting at Palo Verde High School tomorrow:

The plan is being made available for public review at each TUSD school and online at tucsonusp.com. Public forums continue Tuesday, Nov. 27, at El Pueblo Regional Center; and Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Palo Verde High School. The public comment period closes Nov. 28. A revised plan with any changes will be filed with the court by Hawley on Dec. 10, and all parties involved in the negotiations have until Dec. 14 to file any objections to the changes.

A large crowd is expected at tonight's TUSD special meeting of parents, children and community members representing Manzo Elementary, as well as Hollinger and Pueblo Gardens. Catalina is located at 3645 E. Pima St. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Depending on how many people participate in the call to audience, and how many times the governing board is willing to extend that call, the meeting could end as it last week — close to 11:30 p.m. Be prepared and, if you can, stay to the end.

For more info, go to tusd1.org/contents/govboard/gbagenda.html

From TUSD press release:

Two public hearings are scheduled for Dec. 8 (10 a.m.) and Dec. 10 (6 p.m.) at Catalina Magnet High School to allow the community to provide input to the governing board on schools for which closure has been initiated.

The governing board has also scheduled a special board meeting for Dec. 20 to consider the issue of finalizing any school closures.

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