Apache Junction schools explore 4-day week

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The Apache Junction Unified School District will meet to vote on how to close the $2.7 million budget deficit. The Apache Junction Unified School District will meet to vote on how to close the $2.7 million budget deficit.
APACHE JUNCTION, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - The Apache Junction Unified School District meets Tuesday night to vote on how to close a $2.7 million budget shortfall.

The top two things the board is considering is closing one elementary school and moving to a four-day school week.

AJUSD Superintendent Dr. Chad Wilson has made it clear that he feels lawmakers and voters have put the district in its current financial crisis with years of slashing education funding and voters rejecting bond overrides.

The superintendent also emphasized that if the board decides to close one of the schools, no teachers will be laid off and most programs will remain intact.

But, at the district's last meeting, parents expressed concern over what this would mean for transportation for students who would have to attend another school.

Parents will get the chance to speak again Tuesday night before the vote.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Apache Junction High School Performing Arts Center, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive.