School-by-school breakdown of reorganization proposals

School-by-school breakdown of reorganization proposals

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By Bill Shilstone

Here is how Redwood City School District Supt. John Baker’s final proposals to the board of trustees would affect each of the district’s 16 schools. Board action is scheduled for Wednesday Nov. 28 at Sequoia High School’s Carrington Hall. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Fair Oaks: School closes and students move to nearby Taft or have priority in transfer to any other school in the district.

Taft: Absorbs students from Fair Oaks. The district will go ahead with  the scheduled two-year Measure T modernization on the Taft campus, at the same time working with the community to develop an “innovative, academically rigorous program serving a culturally and socioeconomically diverse population.”

Orion: The parent-participation program, one of the Schools of Choice magnets that draw students from throughout the district, moves to John Gill, sharing the site with the Mandarin Immersion program. The Allerton Street campus closes. Orion families who choose not to move with the parent-participation program have the option to attend their neighborhood school.

John Gill: Ceases to become a neighborhood school. Current students have first priority to stay as part of the Orion parent-participation program or to move to another school.

Adelante: Campus on Granger Way closes, and its Spanish Immersion program, another of the district magnets, moves to Selby Lane in Atherton to join 250 Spanish Immersion program students there. Adelante families who choose not to move have the option to attend their neighborhood school.

Selby Lane: 460 students not in the immersion program have priority in moving to other schools. The preschool and transitional kindergarten programs at Selby Lane become Spanish Immersion.

Hawes: School closes and students move to nearby Roosevelt, Henry Ford or Orion (John Gill) or have priority to other schools.

Roosevelt, Garfield, Hoover, Kennedy, Clifford, Roy Cloud, McKinley Institute of Technology, North Star Academy and Henry Ford: Not affected except to absorb displaced students from Fair Oaks, Hawes, John Gill and Selby Lane, who will have priority to choose and attend any school in the district.

No determination has been made on what will happen to the closed-school properties.

The district office will close and move to a vacated school sometime in 2020, Baker said, bringing in a potential revenue of $1.6 million a year. Other projects for the near future are a review of the K-8 vs. K-5/6-8 configuration and a study of the role of North Star Academy, the district’s accelerated-learning choice.

The proposals are designed in part to take advantage of the most popular choice programs, including Roosevelt’s project-based learning, by giving them room to expand and possibly attract more students.

All of the proposals, Baker said in his memorandum to the board for Wednesday’s meeting, “should promote racially and socioeconomically balanced schools and not further segregate our students.” The district has a marked east side-west side imbalance, and most of the district’s enrollment decline is happening on the east side.

REDWOOD CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT DEMOGRAPHICS

SCHOOL          CAPACITY*   ENROLLMENT *   NON-WHITE PERCENTAGE**

Kennedy (6-8)        1,680                706                             82

Hoover (K-8)           1,470               681                             98

Selby Lane (K-8)     1,290               740                            95

Clifford (K-8)           1,110               558                            55

Roosevelt (K-8)       1,110                581                            80

Taft (K-5)                  1,080               331                            98

Garfield (K-8)          1,020               570                            98

Roy Cloud (K-8)         990               718                            37

Fair Oaks (K-5)           960               221                            97

Henry Ford (K-5)        780               377                           70

McKinley IT (6-8)        720               408                           96

John Gill (K-5)              660               288                           90

North Star (3-8)           630               536                           51

Hawes (K-5)                  570               301                           98

Adelante (K-5)              550               464                           76

Orion (K-5)                    270                211                          53

Total                          14,890            7,691                          80

*Redwood City School District figures from early fall 2018

**State Dept. of Education figures for 2017-18

1 Comment

  1. I dont have kids, but have been aware of school closures by districts in the bay area in the last 40 years. In particular Mtn View/Los Altos and Campbell CA. Whatever the community/district proceeds with as far as closures, they should be prevented from selling off the properties. They should rent them out rather than selling them. Student populations go up and down in cycles. Selling of th properties means the district doesnt have the option to re-open campuses in the future. Much of the reduction on the East side may be due to gentrification. Families moving out to cheaper locations; singles and coulples (in tech) moving in also for affordability reasons. This plan may place an undue burdon on working class parents on the East side to transport their kids to schools further away. The district should consider a bussing program using funds from rental of closed campuses. This will also have a positive impact on traffic in the district (or at least prevent a negative impact).

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