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Money, attendance may lead to Mesa school closures

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The state's largest school district is considering closing two junior highs, including one of its oldest schools, and consolidating its popular "back to basics" schools in an attempt to save $2.3 million.

The Arizona Republic reports that under a plan outlined by Mesa Public Schools Superintendent Mike Cowan on Tuesday, the district would close Mesa Junior High as well as three back-to-basics schools at the end of this school year.

That would allow the half-empty Brimhall Junior High in the eastern part of the city to become a center for 1,000 kindergartners through eighth-graders.

Cowan and other officials explained preliminary plans for school consolidation. They say the district needs to close an undetermined number of its 83 schools in the next two years because of an enrollment decline of 9,000 students in the past decade.

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