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.