MARANA- The Marana Unified School District governing board voted 4-1 to close Thornydale Elementary School.
During the meeting Thursday night, the board announced the closure will be effective by the end of June 2019.
In the mid 1990s, Thornydale had more than 700 students but today it’s enrollment is slightly more than 300.
Stephanie Storin is a graduate of Thornydale and her daughter is currently a third grader there. Storin is angry.
“I feel like we were duped,” she said. “We were supposed to have two years to get the enrollment increased. I will never put my student in a Marana school ever again. And I want the board voted out next election.”
“I’m irate,” parent Teena Schoneck said. “I feel like they have chosen to put 3-year-olds and last chance high schoolers and office space all before education needs and safety. “Education is not a priority.”
The board said it will consider expanding the Marana Career and Advanced Technology program at the Thornydale Elementary campus when this school year ends.
The board vows teachers and staff will still have a job with the district once Thornydale closes.