Mirkarimi sees school closure framework now moving in right direction
By Pat Murphy and Luke
Copyright fogcityjournal.com 2006
January 16, 2006, 7:00 p.m.
The framework for closing or merging San Francisco public schools
is now moving in the right direction, according to Supervisor
Mirkarimi made the comment following a meeting this afternoon
with Mayor Gavin Newsom.
"...The framework of the discussion is going in the right
direction and...there is agreement that the school closure process
needs to be improved upon so that it is more inclusive of communities,"
Mirkarimi told the Sentinel.
"The second is that we want a longer term process to determine
how it is done not only to deal with changing population trends,
but what we're going to do to reverse those trends.
"The third is that in the current round of school closures
and mergers there has to be a more measured approach - instead
of the exhaustive list that would hatchet as many as were being
"I think we both agreed that some closures and mergers have
to happen. I don't think we agree yet on how many have to happen.
We will see from there. It's a work in progress," Mirkarimi
Earlier in the day, Newsom visited School Board President Norman
"Five million is not an accurate number in the context of
this discussion, whether to close 26 schools
to $2.6 million," stated Newsom following his meeting with
Yee declined various community suggestions of city financial
help to stave off closures and measures, Newsom told the Sentinel.
"A loan or a gift from the city will only extend the problem.
We lost 1000 pupils last year and there's been a 40% drop in enrollment
in the last 40 years," Newsom added.
Some 13 San Francisco schools ultimately may merge, relocate
or close, considerably lower than previous estimates ranging from
26 to 19, Newsom said Yee predicted.