Board votes to close Scottsdale elementary school

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A Scottsdale school is closing its doors after a unanimous vote Tuesday evening.

The Scottsdale Unified School District has been looking at shutting down some of its schools in order to save money and close a multi-million dollar budget gap.

Tuesday's five-to-zero school governing board vote means that Tonalea Elementary School on 68th Street and Thomas will be shutting its doors.

The decision means that Tonalea will be moved onto the Oak campus at 78th Street and Oak. A large crowd of parents and children cheered when the vote came down.

Tonalea Elementary School has been around since 1958, and the students and parents say they're ready for a newer and safer school.

"I'm so excited and I'm really happy and I think this is really special for me," says student Giselle Rojas. "I think this is a good change."

"We have some mechanical issues at that school, where perhaps the air conditioning will quit working." says Rick Freeman, Executive Director of Facilities and Operations. "But we do our best to keep it in operation."

Some 460 students will make the move into the Oak campus next fall. Buses will be re-routed as well. The school board is now discussing what to do with the old Tonalea building and its administration building.