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District Considers Closing Under-enrolled Schools

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, January 17, 2013

Scott Smith is president of the Sacramento City Teachers Association - the labor union that represents 3,000 district teachers.

Smith expects emotions to run high at tonight's meeting, even though he says teachers understand the district's budget constraints.

"It's still going to be an emotional time because nobody likes to close their local school."

District officials say closing 11 under-enrolled elementary schools would save about $10 million over the next four years.
About 3,700 students will move to other nearby schools…along with teachers.
Smith says the closures won't mean teacher layoffs.  
"Because you've still got the same number of students throughout the district and right now the number of teachers-to-student ratio is just at its right size. There aren't any excess numbers of teachers. All it will be is just a re-shuffling."
District trustees will hear about the plan tonight. They're scheduled to take a final vote on February 21st.
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