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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Tucson Unified School District plans to turn two closed elementary schools into low-cost child-care centers for employees.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that TUSD will spend more than $1.3 million to renovate Schumaker Elementary and Brichta Elementary.

Schumaker, which is on the east side of Tucson, and Brichta, which is on the west, will become the Infant and Early Learning centers.

TUSD employees will be able to enroll their children, age 5 and younger, there.

The district plans to offer monthly prices ranging from $350 for kids between ages 3 and 5 to $445 for infants and toddlers.

District Superintendent H.T. Sanchez said there will be a solid education curriculum to prepare children there for kindergarten.

Sanchez said desegregation funds will help pay for construction costs.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com

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