Parents outraged over consolidation of Scottsdale schools

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SCOTTSDALE -- The Scottsdale Unified School District has some big changes in store for students at three of its elementary schools next academic year.

Move to save $900K

The board voted yesterday to combine three schools into two.

According to the district, the plan will deal with some budget shortfalls, as well as declining enrollment.

Cheyenne Tradition School will close. Those students will move to Aztec Elementary Schools.

Kids who attend Aztec now will be relocated to Zuni Elementary School.

This means many students will not be at the schools closest to their homes.

Parents are not happy.

"Everyone is upset," said Allyson Mitzel, a concerned parent. "We had a public hearing Oct. 30. Community members from Cheyenne, Zuni and Aztec all stood up and said no to this proposal."

"I know they asked for input and we certainly gave them tons of it," said Erin Strickstein, another parent. "If they had been listening, they would not have cast the vote that they did."

The school board said the moves will save it near $900,000.

The consolidation plan will take effect in August.