Cosmos Garvin's must read article raises many important questions about the districts push to close "under-enrolled" schools. The future of district bond measures is one issue that hasn't been talked about much in the debate over the closures. Just a few months ago the district sold voters on approving two bond measures to upgrade school facilities. The district had detailed assessments made of each site to give the public some knowledge of where the bond money would be spent. Now two months later eleven of those elementary schools are proposed for closure.
We'd like to hear Supt. Raymond and SCUSD board members answer this important question. If any of the schools that are closed are reopened as charters, will the district still spend the bond money on the facility? That's what happened at Sacramento High-over 23 million dollars and counting spent on improving the campus that is now woefully under-utilized. Over a third of the students it serves come from outside the district, so SCUSD taxpayers financed facility improvements to house out of district students. If that happens at any of these elementary schools, it will mean that Measures Q & R were a bait and switch for SCUSD taxpayers.