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3 Paradise Valley schools to close as enrollment numbers decline

Feb 9, 2024, 2:00 PM | Updated: 2:13 pm

The Paradise Valley Unified School Board has voted to close three schools at the end of the school ...

The Paradise Valley Unified School Board has voted to close three schools at the end of the school year as enrollment numbers decline. (Pexels Photo)

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PARADISE VALLEY, AZ — The Paradise Valley Unified School Board has voted to close three schools at the end of the school year as enrollment numbers decline.

The schools impacted are Sunset Canyon Elementary, Desert Springs Prep Elementary, and Vista Verde Middle School. The closures of those schools are effective July 1, 2024.

All of the board members who voted yes to closing the schools said this was not an easy decision for them, however, they needed to be fiscally responsible.

“In the end, they’re buildings. Some people say, ‘Well it’s not a building.’ It’s just a building,” said board member Tony Pantera.

To that, the audience responded by saying, “It’s a community,” and showed their disappointment and disagreement.

“The community can exist anywhere,” Pantera responded.

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3 Paradise Valley schools to close as enrollment numbers decline