More than 47,000 students are expected to be heading back to school Thursday as classes resume in the Tucson Unified School District.

For the last several years, TUSD has been fighting an annual decrease in enrollment — to the tune of about 1,500 students per year. On the first day of school last year, nearly 48,000 students showed u p. As is generally the case, enrollment picked up as time went on and TUSD closed the school year with nearly 49,000 students enrolled.

In response to the ongoing exodus of students, and in an effort to improve achievement in TUSD, the district has formulated a five-year strategic plan focusing on curriculum and academics, finance, facilities, diversity and communication.

While the Vail School District has been back in session for two weeks, TUSD opening its doors will kick off the back-to-school season for the other local districts including:

Monday: Marana and Sahuarita.

Tuesday: Sunnyside and Tanque Verde.

Aug. 7: Amphitheater, Catalina Foothills and Flowing Wells.

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at ahuicochea@azstarnet.com or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea

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