New school year comes with new schools for many TUSD students

New school year comes with new schools for many TUSD students

By Justin Schecker. CREATED Aug 1, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Many students woke up Thursday morning to pack their bags and pick out their outfits for the first day of school.

The Tucson Unified School District is back in session, but this new school year comes with more change than usual.

Students often worry about new teachers and classrooms, but for about 3,000 TUSD students, they are also anxious about new schools, classmates and bus routes.

"I'm just a little more scared than I usually am of going back to school," fifth grader Taylor Smith said. 

Smith attended one of the 11 schools TUSD shut down in the winter because of budget cuts. The list includes five elementary schools, four middle schools, one high school and one K-8 school.      

Parents sending their children to new schools say they're worried about overcrowded classrooms and driving their children to school for the first time.

"It saddened me because I know a lot of these parents," TUSD parent Cindy Snyder said. "I don't know what schools they're being routed to. It is just going to be more of a problem and kind of hard for them, I'm sure."

Synder's children attended Lyons Elementary School, one of the 11 not opening its doors on Thursday.

This is also the first day of classes for new TUSD Superintendent H.T. Sanchez. He is expected to stop by Kellond Elementary School on the east side this morning.

If you have any concerns about your child's new bus route, the TUSD transportation hotline is 520-225-4800.