Sac City Unified Looks at School Closures

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Sacramento City Unified School District has seen its enrollment drop by 10,000 in the last 10 years.  That not only means a loss of millions in federal and state funds, it also means emptier buildings.  Interim superintendent Susan Miller:
Miller: “Schools become so small that there are a lot of split classes.  By that, I mean two grades – a classroom teaching both a 1st and a 2nd grade.  And those are not as attractive.”
So to balance a mid-year budget deficit that could approach $30 million, Miller says Sac City must now consider closing some of its schools – though she won’t say how many.  Other options include combining schools and renting out building space.  Officials are holding meetings throughout the district to get community input; they’ll take their recommendations to the Board of Trustees in the next few weeks.
Schedule of upcoming meetings:
- Tuesday, Feb. 3: Maple Elementary, 3301 37th Ave.
- Wednesday, Feb. 4: Martin Luther King, Jr. K-8, 480 Little River Way
- Tuesday, Feb. 10: Sacramento Charter High, 2315 34th St.
- Wednesday, Feb. 11: Leonardo da Vinci K-8, 4701 Joaquin Way 
**All meetings run from 6-8pm.