School size: Your chance to meet with the bigwigs

Thursday evening marks the first of six community-wide meetings on a sensitive subject, one with potentially serious ramifications for certain schools: How small is too small?

From the event flyer:

Based on the District’s current fiscal situation and best practices research, OUSD is examining whether a number of its schools may be too small to both meet the needs of our students and remain economically sustainable. Voice your opinion: The community will provide feedback on the small-schools analysis and assist in determining the criteria used to identify schools that may be too small to sustain themselves.

The meetings are scheduled to take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on the following days:

Thursday, September 18: Urban Promise Academy, 3301 East 18th Street
Monday, September 22: Claremont Middle School, 5750 College Avenue
Monday, September 22: West Oakland Middle School, 991 14th Street
Tuesday, September 23: Elmhurst Community Prep, 1800 98th Avenue
Monday, September 29: Montera Middle School, 5555 Ascot Drive
Tuesday, September 30: Frick Middle School, 2845 64th Avenue

As I outlined in a recent blog post, the information gathered at these meetings is supposed to influence the criteria that the board will use when determining whether to close or merge schools — and which ones. If you can’t make it to any of the meetings, you can always list your points and questions. And if you go, be sure to tell us how it went.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.