The Oakland school board put a halt to talk about large-scale closures this month, but they never said school closures were out of the question. Some of these tough decisions will surface in less than two months, while others are slated to determined a year from now.
In December, the Oakland school board will decide whether to continue to phase out BEST High School at McClymonds (which is now grades 10-12) and Peralta Creek Middle School at Calvin Simmons (now just eighth grade).
They’ll also discuss the possible relocation of Life Academy and Tilden Elementary School.
In the fall of 2009, the board is slated to decide what to do with the following list of “focus schools” — those with academic and/or enrollment concerns:
– Sankofa, Burckhalter and Howard elementaries (enrollment)
– Youth Empowerment School, Leadership Prep, East Oakland School of the Arts, Castlemont Business & Technology School (academic)
– Explore Middle School and Far West (academic and enrollment)
Also, 16 Oakland schools in Year 4 of Program Improvement under NCLB will be “restructured” next year, including Oakland Tech and Skyline. You can find the full “Portfolio Management” report here, or listen to the board presentation at this Wednesday night’s meeting.