Fort Lowell Tomorrow Advisory Committee
Contact: TUSD Planning Services
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The Fort Lowell Tomorrow Advisory Committee will represent the broad TUSD stakeholder community to help determine the future of the Fort Lowell Elementary School facility and site.
Committee members will review proposals for the facility and site to help ensure that they support the district's objectives, are cost-effective, and compatible with the surrounding neighborhood.
The committee will meet at least monthly to provide a recommendation to the district's Governing Board at the completion of the project. Members will be appointed for the duration of the project, approximately six months.
In spring of 2010, due to budget constraints, TUSD made a hard decision to close nine schools. This helped to cut costs, already returning 2% (approx. $30,000) to every school that remained open. Now, there is the potential to generate revenues from the vacant properties to continue to support education and improvements in the remaining schools.
The focus of this project is the disposition or repurposing of the closed schools as quickly as possible to generate revenue and to minimize costs and negative impacts to the community.
Shortly after the decisions were made to close the schools all landowners and neighborhood associations within 1000' of the school were invited to apply to serve on an advisory committee to help determine the future uses of the site.