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District to Hear Update on Possible School Closures Thursday

The Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education is proposing to close James W. Marshall Elementary School.

The fate of a Rosemont elementary school slated for closure still won't be decided for some time, but residents will have another chance to make an appeal to district officials Thursday.

The Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education on Thursday will hear an update on the district's plans to close 11 under-enrolled elementary schools.

James W. Marshall is one of the schools on that list, and a meeting was set to be held at that campus Tuesday night.

"With few exceptions, SCUSD elementary schools are substantially underenrolled per their capacity," a staff report for Thursday's meeting says. "Districtwide, SCUSD elementary enrollment stands at 56 percent of capacity. This model is not fiscally sustainable and drains resources from other students and schools."

Enrollment in the district fell by about 800 students this year, and it's predicted to drop again next year, the report says.

That declining enrollment and rising costs is projected to create a "substantial deficit" this year, despite the passage of Prop. 30, the district says. Closing those 11 elementary schools would save the district $2.5 million each year, according to the district.

The board is scheduled to make a final decision on the school closures at its Feb. 21 meeting.

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Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education meeting
6:30 p.m. Thursday
5735 47th Ave.

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MMuller February 06, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Have you even bothered to research this issue at all?
Brad February 07, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Close AM Winn and Abraham Lincoln and inform the people living in the city of Rancho Cordova to apply pressure on their city council to aid those schools with incorporation into the Folsom-Cordova School District if they wish to keep them open. SCUSD has too many schools because it now expands into areas that really are no longer a part of it's original intention. Close the schools that are clearly suppose to be in another district before closing those that should be under its umbrella. If the people of Rancho want to keep those schools, they have other options, Rosemont doesn't.
MMuller February 08, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Please do yourself and everyone else a favor and at least educate yourself on the issue before you develop an opinion.
MMuller February 08, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Sacramento city district's worst practices on school closures Sacramento city district in an awful hurry to close 20 percent of elementary schools http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/sacramento-city-district-39-s-worst-practices/content?oid=8998894
MMuller February 08, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Downsizing the district Neighborhood schools to be shuttered, superintendent's ‘priority schools' spared http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/downsizing-the-district/content?oid=8878892

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