TUSD students: New year, new classroom, new fears

TUSD students: New year, new classroom, new fears

By Marcelino Benito. CREATED Jul 31, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Last December parents and students fought hard to keep their schools open. But the pleas and posters did little to stop the cutting. TUSD axed 11 total schools all over the Tucson area. Now after 8 months, student's finally head back to school.

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

Smith will be a fifth grader this year. For four years, she went to Lyons Elementary. Her school closed down thanks to budget cuts. Wednesday night she packed her backpack for her first day at a whole new place. 

"I'm kind of scared not a lot of my friends will be there and that no one will like me," said Smith.

And she's not the only child feeling a little anxious.

"Why are you sad?" asked 9OYS reporter Marcelino Benito. "Because I loved that school," said elementary student Aidan Hatfield.

TUSD tells 9OYS that 3,000 kids are impacted by the closures. Students have been fed into other schools like Ford and Erickson. The marquis outside Erickson ready to welcome many families. But parents 9OYS talked to tonight say certain schools are facing overcrowded classrooms and a shortage of full time teachers.

"We were wondering how it's going to be not seeing the kids go back and forth," said parent Cindy Snyder.

The bottom line is this year it'll be a different back to school experience in 11 Tucson neighborhoods.

At TUSD spokeswoman did tell 9OYS over the phone they have been working very hard to make the first day go smoothly. Now because of the school closures a lot of kids will be taking brand new bus routes tomorrow, if you have more questions call TUSD Transportation Customer Service at 225-4800.