TUCSON – Declining enrollment at a Marana Unified School District (MUSD) school is causing the governing board to once again consider closing it.
Thornydale Elementary School’s slogan is “Soar into the Future” but there may be no future for the school come June 2019.
Thornydale has been on the chopping block for several years. The school opened in 1974 and serves K-6.
Enrollment started declining in 1994 with 733 students, to an enrollment of just 306 students this school year. The district contributes the consistent decline in enrollment to the neighborhood maturing, resulting in fewer elementary school-age students in the area.
The governing board says the school’s funding is based on enrollment, so the amount of students is vital to the sustainability of the school.
District Superintendent Doug Wilson says every Thornydale student costs the district around $6,500, while the average MUSD elementary school student costs around $4,700.
The district predicts enrollment will continue to fall by up to 40 students over the next six years.
Several parents have voiced their opinions on the potential closure, saying they will do everything they can to keep the school open because they do not want to have to move their children.
Thursday evening, the governing board may vote. If they vote to close the elementary school, it will happen in June of 2019.
The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Marana Municipal Complex, 11555 W. Civic Drive in Marana, Arizona 85653.
It is open to the public.