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Grijalva voted in as TUSD board president

Board member discuss continuing enrollment decline
Posted at 2:31 PM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 17:31:03-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — A downgrade for Tucson Unified, it's no longer the second largest district in Arizona.

It's drop to third behind Chandler Unified in Maricopa County. That's according to the 2018 Arizona auditor general report.

Student enrollment continues to decline in TUSD, and Tuesday night board members faced the stark reality of it's shrinking district, and it's impact on the budget for the next school year.

TUSD reported a student loss of nearly three percent this past year costing the district millions in per-pupil funding.

Board members discussed the likelihood of future cuts in departments and teaching positions, and the need to work collaboratively on difficult decisions that will need to be made to balance the budget.

Also, Tuesday night a changing of the guard.

Mark Stegeman steps down as board president, and the board voted 4 to 1 to move Adelita Grijalva into that spot starting in July.