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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.

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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