The recent discussions revolving around teacher’s salaries have shifted the focus away from the plight of public education in general. School district funding across the state has disappeared as schools are shuttered.
In order to bring attention to a key factor in the loss of district funding, the Arizona Daily Independent will highlight closed schools over the next several months. As you will see, school closings not only impact students, parents, and teachers.
Today, we focus on Menlo Park Elementary in the Tucson Unified School District.
Menlo Park Elementary then
Menlo Park Elementary now
Location: 1100 W Fresno St Tucson AZ 85745
Year Board voted to Close: December 20, 2012
Board of record: Miguel Cuevas, Adelita S Grijalva, Mark Stegeman, Michael Hicks, Alexandre Sugiyama
Board vote to close: 3-1 (Michael abstained, Adelita – no)
Superintendent of record: Dr. Pedicone
Other notes: Served 230 students in PK-5. Merged with Manzo, Maxwell, & Tolson in 2013 1
Current use: Leased to a non profit 2
Median home sales price: $115,000 3
Neighborhood poverty rate: 27% 4
Median household income: $32,353 4
Tucson Ward: 1 – Regina Romero 5
Neighborhood Associations: Barrio Hollywood, Barrio Anita, El Presidio, Dunbar Spring 5
1 Other public education websites
4 US Census