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Tucson Unified School District is committed to improving the facilities at each of the District’s schools in an equitable manner. With this in mind, the District developed a Facilities Master Plan to identify necessary facility repairs and improvements and funding sources. Over eight million square feet of buildings that average 47 years old coupled with cuts in State funding by more than $100 million over the past ten years has left Tucson Unified schools with outdated equipment, leaky roofs, broken heaters, and many more problems. The Facilities Master Plan was developed to identify and prioritize these needs. Implementation of this plan will set the stage for success in this district for years to come.
During the development of the plan, through town halls, focus groups and surveys, the district received suggestions and feedback from a wide range of our community, including teachers, staff, administrators, parents/guardians, students and interested community members. This public process and school-by-school assessments of experts in the field, identified over $500 million in school facility needs. The plan identified a bond as the only viable source of funding for the improvements needed, so focus groups developed bond scenarios to allocate different bond funding amounts to key projects.
Based on this work, the District Governing Board called for a bond election to be held on November 7, 2017.
Q2. How does this plan benefit our community?
Answer: The master plan identifies facility improvements that enhance the learning environment; reduce costs through green building, energy efficiency and maintenance; and increase safety and security for our students adn staff. Besides reducing the annual costs to maintain buildings, costs that detract from classroom needs, these improvements support a curriculum identified in the District's strategic plan which includes high academic standards, project-based learning, technology matched to the workplace, and college and career learning opportunities. In summary, the Facilities Master Plan provides the opportunity for us to:
Q3: Why doesn’t Tucson Unified request funds from the State School Facilities Board (SFB)?
Answer: Every year, Tucson Unified requests funds from the SFB to repair existing facilities. Tucson Unified has not requested SFB funds for new facilities or additions to facilities because we have the capacity to serve existing students with our existing facilities. This bond is to repair and improve those facilities.
Q4. What impact has State budget cuts had on Tucson Unified School District?
Answer: In the past ten years, funding for the Tucson Unified School District has been cut by over $100 million. As in virtually every other school district in the state, this has left our schools with outdated equipment, leaky roofs, broken heaters, and many more problems.
With eight million square feet of buildings, which average 47 years old, Tucson Unified must create a plan for its future. This is where the Facilities Master Plan comes in.
Here are some of our more pressing current needs:
Total = $200 Million
The following are estimated general funding categories and amounts based on surveys of one-third of the Tucson Unified schools. During the bond implementation phase, each school would work with a bond team to identify optimum projects for the school.
Total = $150 Million
Total = $47 Million
"The best part of TUSD schools is the fact that they are public schools. My children have, for the most part, had excellent teachers who sincerely care about all students, and are dedicated professionals."
"TUSD has a lot of facilities, and a lot of complete facilities with cafeterias and libraries and athletic facilities that most charters do not. They can serve as community centers that support students and families in ways that a store front or office park school can't."
"I have been happy with the three TUSD schools my children have attended ST, Dodge, and UHS; but many TUSD schools are in need of help building better communities and better academic environments for student success."
"I am a proud Tucson Unified parent. the district has a long way to go but I have so many things that I appreciate. The teachers who truly love their job, the office staff who are happy to greet you in the mornings, the support staff who are great team players, the principal who is always on top of everything to make sure the school is taken care of. The parent involvement is incredible. Those district officials who are constantly fighting for the best for our students. Some members of the board who never loose focus on what matters and who matters(the students, families and TUSD employees) Last but not least a superintendent who has stood strong in the fight to get TUSD to a better place."
Bond Facts - Presentation from Community Forum (in PDF)