Parents start fundraiser to fund Apache Junction School District

It's a desperate situation, the Apache Junction School District is slashing its budget to make up for a 2.7 million dollar shortfall; closing a school and cutting the school week.

A frustrated parent turned to the crowdfunding site GoFundMe.com

The site features a video of elementary school students talking about the big trouble their schools in the Apache Junction School District are facing.

"But, because our district does not have enough money to continue doing what's best for our kids and our education," said a student in the video.

Simply put the AJ School District is broke starting next school year.

It will be facing a 2.7 million dollar shortfall after a bond override failed last November.

Apache Junction is a low-income area with a high number of senior residents.

"So we still have a lot of seniors who volunteer in the schools, but they're not willing to vote for the override, they're not willing to volunteer additional taxes," said Dana Hawman.

School parent Ben Carmitchel who sometimes substitutes as a teacher at the district came up the idea of a GoFundMe page.

"I think we all do what we can, this is a way that everybody can contribute," said Ben Carmitchel.

Tuesday night the board voted to close Superstition Springs Elementary School at the end of the year, and implement a four-day school week as it tries to slash expenses.

"My sons going to have to go longer during the day, have a higher class size, and what do we do on Friday, I have to work," he said.

"I think a lot of parents are going to be in a situation where they have to hire child care, it's just a mess," said Carmitchel.

At last check the site had raised around $325; it's been active for two days.

If you'd like to watch, the video or donate visit: http://www.gofundme.com/saveazschools
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