Tempe district considering school closings

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- This could be the week the governing board of the Tempe Elementary School District votes to close and merge schools for the next school year.

Staff and members of the community recommend closing two elementary schools and merging them with two other schools and closing a middle school.

The East Valley Tribune reports the Tempe district has more than 2,000 empty classroom seats and needs to trim about $4 million from its budget next school year.

On Wednesday, it is expected the board members will each suggest which items from the recommendations they support the most. Common ideas will then be voted on.

Information from: East Valley Tribune