Another Office Space-like euphemism has woven itself into the OUSD-reform discussion. You will find it on Slide 26 of a presentation which the board hears tonight during a special meeting to discuss the district’s finances.
The fiscal recovery plan is an 86-page document, condensed into a 52-slide PowerPoint presentation, so there’s loads of information to digest about the district’s overall financial condition, massive debt and enrollment trends.
The bottom line? OUSD’s financial office is recommending the closure or merger of 10-17 schools sometime after the 2008-09 school year. Staff also proposed a set of criteria, including enrollment, neighborhood demand (and projected demand), locations of previous closures and test scores.
I think the district aims to clue the rest of us in as well, eventually. “Transparency and community input are critical,” one of the slides tells us. But I should note that I only learned about the special meeting today, when a district employee noticed the item wasn’t on my blog and and gave me a call. (I understand that it was recently posted on the board’s online legislative calendar, which I probably should check daily.)
Note: The board is not voting on anything tonight, and this “right-sizing plan” isn’t slated to be finalized until December. But if you don’t have a previous engagement at 6 p.m. tonight and want to listen in or pipe up, I’ll see you there.
image from Speartoon’s Web site at flickr.com/creativecommons