Three schools to close in Tempe

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TEMPE, Ariz. – The Tempe Elementary School board has spoken and three schools will be closing at the end of this school year.

The board voted unanimously to merge Bustoz Elementary School with Fuller as well as merger Meyer Elementary with Hudson and close McKemy Middle School.

District spokesperson Monica Allread said, "By merging and re-purposing we can fill our classrooms and run more efficiently. What we're able to do is retain great teachers by paying them a little more and we're still able to maintain small class sizes."

Tempe has 2,600 open seats district-wide and because of major cuts to the state education fund, Tempe has to figure out how to cut $3.5 million.

The district estimates saving close to $2.5 million by merging or closing the three schools. Allread said, "All of our families that are affected by boundary changes, mergers, re-purposing will be receiving a letter, these letters will begin going out tomorrow."