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Thornydale Elementary School parents concerned after potential closure

Posted at 4:40 PM, Mar 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-07 17:32:30-05

Major concerns for parents who have their children enrolled at Thornydale Elementary

The Marana Unified School District sent a letter describing the enrollment numbers and a consideration to close the school. 

Now, the district is calling for the public to attend the MUSD Governing board meeting on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. 

The letter says the potential closure of Thornydale Elementary is due to lack of enrollment in the past eight years - right now, it stands at 307. 

If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can share your thoughts and feedback through "Let's Talk" 24/7 communication tool, providing a written statement to the school principal, or email 

If the MUSD Governing Board votes to close the school - new boundaries would be drawn to include Quail Run and Butterfield Elementary schools. 

Some parents tell Nine on Your Side that the school is their neighborhood school. 

"We are a title one school, and that's what is the difference between Butterfield and Quail run," says the mother of two, Christina Harris. 

Harris is especially worried about her youngest who is receiving title one benefits."My son is using the title one program. He needs the help for his reading, and he gets extra help in speech, as well."

Another parent, Shauna Quinturo says Thornydale has an exceptional special needs program. "My son has been attending it since he's been in school - he rely's on it 24-hours a day because he's in a wheelchair. They have a culture of inclusiveness so they see children in wheelchairs, with down syndrome and that's not strange here."

Other concern, potentially larger classrooms when combined with the other schools and the student-to-teacher ratios.

"We do not want that - we like the extra help that we get from the teachers and staff members," says Harris. 

According to MUSD,  Butterfield Elementary has 462 students enrolled with 19-25 students per class. 

Quail Run Elementary has 521 students enrolled with 22-25 students per class. 

Right now, at Thornydale there are between 17-26 students per class. The district says, one class is at 17. 

"We have all this new stuff and where is it going to go? What are they going to do with the building? We have an awesome humming bird habitat, and it's just a lovely school."

Parents have created a Facebook page named Help Save Thornydale from closing.

The Governing board meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. The meeting will be held at 7651 N. Oldfather Drive. 

On Thursday, April 12, 2018, the MUSD school district will vote at their regularly scheduled Public meeting at 7 p.m. located at the Marana Municipal Complex, 11555 W. Civic Drive. 

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