I meant to post this story sooner: OUSD’s school closure process — which was supposed to last for two to three years and shrink the district by 20-30 schools — will likely stop after the first round, when the district is a dozen schools smaller than it was last fall.
District officials say the target changed because they are projecting a balanced budget for 2012-13, one without a structural deficit for the first time in more than a decade. You can find the story through the above link and read up on the district’s latest budget report here. The financial report will be presented at tomorrow night’s 5 p.m. board meeting.
P.S. Some have asked whether, in light of this development, OUSD will once again use adult education funding for adult education. California school districts are now — at least, for the time being — allowed to use the once-protected funding stream for any purpose, and many have spent it on k-12 programs. OUSD eliminated its large high school diploma program and its adult ESL classes, with the exception of Family Literacy, among others. I’ve submitted your queries; so far, however, I’ve heard no talk about rebuilding adult ed.
Two related school closure issues:
On March 28, the school board discusses what to do with the closed school buildings. OUSD spokesman Troy Flint said the district is considering moving the offices (including the Family and Community Office) now located on 2111 International to Lakeview Elementary, one of the five elementary schools slated to close in June.
UPDATE: Flint initially thought the future use of Lakeview and other closed school buildings was on the March 28 agenda, but it’s not. I’ll let you know when I find out more.
– Flint also confirmed what some have posted here on this blog: oversubscription of the high-performing Crocker Highlands Elementary School. Because of the boundary expansion made after the closure of nearby Lakeview, some children in the Crocker neighborhood were not admitted to their home school. Flint wouldn’t provide numbers today, but said district staff are meeting on Friday to discuss the problem. (Sue Woerhle, an OUSD veteran who retired from the district almost five years ago, is once again in charge of the student assignment process.) In light of Crocker’s oversubscription, I’m puzzled by a statement in a proposed board resolution, which would amend a zoning oversight by adding one side of a street to the Crocker attendance area. I’m not saying the change itself doesn’t make sense — just noting that the resolution ignores the problem at hand.
I’ve bolded it below:
On January 11, 2012, the Board of Education approved school attendance boundary changes as a
result of the school restructuring decision made by the Board of Education on October 26, 2011.
Included in those approved changes was the Crocker Highlands Elementary attendance area.
Subsequent analysis by staff following the January 11, 2012 has determined that Trestle Glen
Road, which traverses the interior of the Crocker Highlands Elementary attendance area,
currently hosts one block where only those addresses on one side (even numbers) is included in
the Crocker Highlands Elementary attendance area. The remaining section of the block (odd
numbers) of Trestle Glen Road resides in the Glen View attendance area.
The staff recommendation addresses this anomaly by adjusting the Crocker Highlands
Elementary attendance area to include the odd-numbered addresses on Trestle Glen Road as
reflected in the attached map and list of affected addresses. Staff has determined that the
inclusion of the affected addresses is not likely to cause an undue burden on the enrollment
demands of Crocker Highlands Elementary attendance area. Signatures have been received by
the district from a majority of the residence affected agreeing with the proposed change.
Are other schools facing similar over-enrollment issues? What should the district do about it?