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More of OUSD’s small schools might close in 2010

By Katy Murphy
Monday, December 7th, 2009 at 8:46 am in achievement gap, buildings, community, elementary schools, enrollment, families, finances, high schools, initiatives, middle schools, OUSD central office, School board news, small schools, students, teachers, test scores.

District staff are recommending that Explore Middle School, a small school that opened in East Oakland in 2004, close at the end of the year.

Also on the 2010 closure list are two schools that were scheduled to close a year or two down the road, following a lengthy phase out: BEST High School (McClymonds campus in West Oakland) and Paul Robeson School of Visual and Performing Arts (Fremont campus in East Oakland).

Staff didn’t come out with a definitive recommendation for Martin Luther King Jr. and Lafayette elementary schools in West Oakland, or for the small high schools on East Oakland’s Castlemont campus, Far West High School, or for Youth Empowerment School, a small high school on the old King Estates middle school campus whose founding principal resigned this year.

For those schools, consolidation, school redesign and charter conversion are listed as options to be considered by “families, staff and community partners.”

The superintendent, staff and board will discuss these recommendations at a special meeting that begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday at 1025 Second Ave. The board doesn’t vote on them until the Dec. 16 meeting.

Read the full report here.

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  • Marge Gibson Haskell

    The revolving door of opening and closing charter schools goes on. Have you ever counted the number that have opened and closed in Oakland to the detriment of our students? This game has been going on for years and all it does is get the school board off the hook of meeting educational standards. When will our community realize that in Oakland approval of inadequatly organized and funded charter schools by the Board of Education just propagates a scam that keeps the community from actually obtaining quality education? Marge Gibson Haskell

  • Katy Murphy

    While it’s true that a number of charter schools have opened and closed in Oakland, the schools I referred to in this blog post are not charters. They’re small schools run by the school district.