San Diego Unified Trustees Take School Closures Off The Table

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Under a plan approved unanimously by board of education members, San Diego Unified will consider school consolidations, which is a significant curtailing of a process that could have closed or consolidated more than a dozen schools across the district next fall.

The board will still consider closing the Barnard elementary campus and moving its magnet program; consolidating the high schools on the Crawford campus; consolidating two schools at the San Diego High campus; changing the enrollment boundaries for elementary schools that feed Lincoln High School and consolidating Pacific Beach Middle and Mission Bay High School.

After the board vote, there are no schools being considered for outright closure. Their decision comes one week after hundreds of parents, teachers, students and staff from schools facing closure spent over an hour telling board members why their schools should be spared.

Board president Richard Barrera proposed redirecting the closure process. He said he directed staff "to look at schools where through closure or realignment we would actually improve the opportunities for students, because they’d be going to a school with more programs and more offerings.”

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