Scottsdale Unified School District facing budget shortfall, schools could close

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - There's a budget crisis in Scottsdale and the Scottsdale Unified School District said they may have to close some schools.

School officials said the district is facing a budget shortfall of 6 million dollars.

To try and make up the shortfall, district officials will begin preliminary budget discussions Tuesday at a 5 p.m. meeting.

One of the topics of discussion is expected to be school closings.

No decision will be made Tuesday, but officials are expected to base potential school closings on occupancy rates.

13 Scottsdale schools in the district are operating at 60% capacity or less:

Hohokam, Tonalea, Navajo, and Yavapai elementary are all at 50% capacity or less.

Cherokee, Kiva, Redfield, Sequaya and Copper Ridge Elementary are all at 60% capacity or less.

Several middle and high schools could also be potential targets. Cocopah, Desert Canyon, and Mountain Side Middle are all at 60% or less.

Coronado High School is the only district high school operating with a 60% capacity.

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