Emotionally spent parents learn school closures
By Pat Murphy
January 20, 2006
Parents wanting the very best education for their very own children
endured a five-hour School Board meeting last night to learn whether
their preferred schools might just remain open.
They learned three schools will close due to budget crisis in
June. Thirteen of 26 schools considered for closure, merger, or
relocation are affected.
Last night, the affected breathed halting relief that the full
list was halved.
The decision stands...for a year.
San Francisco public school enrollment has dropped by 1,000 pupils
each year for the past five years, and school administration officials
project the trend to continue for another five years.
Each enrollment lost to San Francisco private schools - or lost
by families leaving the city - costs the school district $5,000
in State revenues.
Children and parents nearly filled Everett Middle School Auditorium
to grapple with fiscal result.
Daniel Webster School to remain open
Emotionally exhausted Dawayne Baker supports seven children, learns
John Swett Elementary School will merge with John Muir Elementary
CLOSURES - Cabrillo Elementary School, Luther Burbank
Middle School, Enola Maxwell Middle School.
MERGERS - John Swett Elementary will merge with John Muir
Elementary at John Muir. Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program
(JBBP) Elementary will merge with Rosa Parks Elementary at Rosa
RELOCATIONS - Center for Independent Study relocated to
the JBBP West site. ISA (International Studies Academy) will move
to the current Enola Maxwell site. Downtown High School will move
to the current ISA site. Newcomer will move to the Edison (state
charter). Aim High to Burbank.
NO CHANGE IN STATUS - Grattan, New Traditions, Daniel
Webster, Starr King, Peabody, Sheridan, Ortega, McKinley, Malcom
X, Willie Brown, Gloria R. Davis, County Community Programs.
Savings from these consolidations should total around $2.4 million,
school officials projected.
Revenue generated from possible rental agreement with the Community
College system for Newcomer and Downtown school sites is expected
to total $4 million, they added.
Although no action was taken on Leadership High School the school
board will hear further staff recommendations.
While Edison School will relocate, administration staff will
develop further recommendations.