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Tucson Unified School District's plan to increase enrollment

Posted at 10:27 PM, Jul 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-14 09:49:43-04

The first day of school for many students is less than a month away.

For nearly a decade now, the biggest district in the city has seen fewer and fewer students show up on the first day of class. 

The first day for Tucson Unified School District students is August 3rd and the district has a 30-day action plan in place to boost enrollment numbers by the end of the first week of school.

Over the last seven years, enrollment in Tucson Unified schools has dropped by thousands. 

In 2010, there were 51,000 students in the district and just last year that number dropped to 46,000. 

TUSD interim superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo says he has a plan to stop the decline.

Trujillo's plan has three branches: recruitment, registration, and retention. 

He hopes to get families interested in TUSD schools, make it easier for parents to enroll their kids, and make sure students don't want to transfer out of the district. 

"You have to have highly effective programs and options to keep the kids you bring into your school," Trujillo said. "It is unacceptable to have a student out there somewhere someplace not coming to school."

He says the district's biggest priority is contacting the 660 elementary and high school students who disappeared in the 2016-2017 school year.

Trujillo says there is a team in place to call those students and invite them back.

To check out an in-depth look at the plan, click here and to enroll your child, click here.