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District Recommends Closure of James W Marshall Elementary Among 10 Others

The schools slated for closure are all operating at less than 50 percent of capacity.

Nearly a year after Trustees from Sacramento City Unified School District voted to close one school due to diminishing enrollment, 11 more have been optioned for closure for similar reasons, according to a SCUSD announcement.

The announcement came Wednesday afternoon. In it, SCUSD officials made recommendations for school closures that will be discussed by the Board of Education at its meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17. Among the schools under discussion include Rosemont's James W Marshall Elementary School.

According to the release, "to 'right-size' SCUSD, which has too many schools serving a declining number of students, staff is recommending the closure of 11 dramatically under-enrolled elementary schools."

Schools on the list are:

  1. Fruit Ridge
  2. James W Marshall
  3. Washington
  4. Tahoe
  5. C.P. Huntington
  6. Susan B. Anthony
  7. Bret Harte
  8. Joseph Bonnheim
  9. Mark Hopkins
  10. C.B. Wire
  11. Maple

This list was determined by evaluating enrollment at these campuses versus capacity, according to the release, and the 11 schools slated for closure are all operating at less than 50 percent of capacity.

The under performance is being characterized as a drain on resources from other students and other schools. District-wide, SCUSD elementary schools operate at just 56 percent of capacity, according to the release.

In the release, officials made the following statement:

Closing schools is a difficult and painful process and SCUSD will make every effort to ease this transition for impacted families and staff. Right-sizing is the right move financially and it benefits students by reducing the number of split-grade classrooms, concentrating needed resources on fewer campuses and increasing safety at campuses.

The Board of Education is scheduled to discuss right-sizing at its meeting Thursday and individual community meetings will be held at all 11 sites prior to the Board taking final action on Feb. 21.

Wendi Bloyed January 17, 2013 at 04:52 PM
It amazes me how they can close down Marshall for being at only 50% capacity. When i was looking for a school for my son when we thought AM Winn was going to shut down Marshall said they were not going to take many kids from Winn since they were full. You would figure if your school is that low that you would take as many as you could get. I also have a friend who wanted to get a transfer her son there and they told her no they had no room. Its just fishy to me... Sad for the kids if this happens but they have to find money somewhere.
Concerned parent January 17, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Crazy that they would close a school down that has the capacity to enroll more students if needed like James W Marshall. Maybe they should look at adding more staff and students to keep the school open. Hopefully the school wont be overcrowded if my son has to change and will continue to receive the education that WE SACRAMENTO VOTERS ARE PAYING MORE TAXES FOR!
Diane Brinkley January 17, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Way to go SCUSD! Spent all that tax-payer money to build a new school just to close its doors. And to think they wanted Prop 38 to PASS!
Jennifer Mello January 17, 2013 at 09:31 PM
I believe the Rosemont community should fight this. For years it was always that the diminishing education scores was due to overcrowding of classrooms. Now that seems to be NOT the case, the school is closing? What is wrong with this picture. I voted on Prop 38 for the education funding, and now your telling me that my money will not be saving the school I was trying to protect? I feel robbed of my money by Governor Brown. At the same time, we have Christine Pritchett who is part of the Rosemont community serving on the Board of education and not fighting for her community! I purposely did not vote for her for reasons concluded prior to her running in the 2012 election. But come on Mrs. Pritchett! Do something to make your win worth something to the community of Rosemont!
Jack January 17, 2013 at 10:37 PM
OK Boys and Girls, it's time to put your time and effort in to save our schools! School Board meeting tonight at the Serna Center starts at 6:30pm. I suggest you all be early to get a seat. I'm sure the press is going to be there too. If you have a child at one of these schools You need to show up. This is NOT a done deal. The school closers must be passed by 4 of the 7 school board members to close a school, this is our time to FIGHT and sway the board members to vote against the Superintendent's plan. This is how AM Winn kept their school and this is how we will keep ours. If an overwhelming rush of parents is not present to represent the kids of their school, then it will show that your school agrees with the closer and I'm sure the board will eventually vote exactly that. This is our time to show the Superintendent that when you kick a bee hive you get stung!
Stacy Bellski January 17, 2013 at 11:11 PM
Is there an online comment board for the scusd? Not everyone can attend. And why not redraw the school boarders to spread the kids out to give the kids a better educational experience and make it a little easier on the teachers. Really 30+kids to 1 teacher is robbing kids from a better education.
Jack January 17, 2013 at 11:36 PM
This is NOT a done deal. Stacy and Jennifer. I e-mailed Mrs. Pritchett and this is just a release of the Superintendent's "recommended" closer plan. The board MUST approve this. Mrs. Pritchett assured me that she is "examining the Superintendent's plan and will vote on the Feb 21st meeting in the best interest of the community and the district. So this is NOT a done deal. Get out make your voice known. E-mail her pritchett4scusd@yahoo.com, she is checking her e-mail, she answered mine.
Jack January 17, 2013 at 11:36 PM
This is NOT a done deal. Stacy and Jennifer. I e-mailed Mrs. Pritchett and this is just a release of the Superintendent's "recommended" closer plan. The board MUST approve this. Mrs. Pritchett assured me that she is "examining the Superintendent's plan and will vote on the Feb 21st meeting in the best interest of the community and the district. So this is NOT a done deal. Get out make your voice known. E-mail her pritchett4scusd@yahoo.com, she is checking her e-mail, she answered mine.
nicole January 18, 2013 at 04:42 AM
Thanks for the info Jack :) I just emailed her
Binky January 18, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Thank you to Rosemont for your support! I hope to see all of you at our community meeting. I will post the date and time on our message board when it is known. I will also have it listed on the RCA Website!
MMuller January 31, 2013 at 05:37 PM
There is a meeting tonight for all those affected by the closures for all 11 schools. Community Forum: School Closures Samuel Pannell Community Center 2450 Meadowview Road, Sacramento, CA 6:30PM Too Many Questions! Too Little Time! Join parents, students and community stakeholders to discuss the proposed closure of eleven schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD). With only a few weeks left before the School Board makes their decision, NOW IS THE TIME for Sacramento to come together and develop a unified message to ensure that parents, students and teachers have a say in the future of our youth's education!

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