Redwood City Schools’ Citizens Committee to be Appointed

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This week Redwood City School District trustees will appoint members of a community committee to make recommendations on the use of four closing school campuses and district headquarters on Bradford Street.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Taft School, 903 Tenth Ave.

The district will close the properties in June to help meet a budget shortfall caused by declining enrollment but keep them for rental income.

The four schools are Orion, 815 Allerton St. near downtown; Fair Oaks, 2950 Fair Oaks Ave.; Hawes, 909 Roosevelt Ave. at Hudson Street; and Adelante, 3150 Granger Way west of Alameda and Fernside. The board also voted to move district headquarters, 750 Bradford St. downtown, to a school site and to rent the headquarters. The timetable for that move is indefinite.

Trustees Alisa MacAvoy and Cecilia Marquez and Supt. John Baker reviewed 26 citizen applications and are recommending 11: Christina Umhofer, David E. Weekly, Alyson K Blume, Amy Newby, Gracie Centeno, Jessica Alba, Jenna Wachtel Pronovost, Victor M. Hernández, Chris Rasmussen, Rosario González, and Susie Peyton.

Also on Wednesday’s agenda are two items involving charter schools: a contract renewal hearing for Rocketship, currently housed on the Kennedy Middle School campus, and approval of renewing the contract with Kipp, currently split between  Hoover and Taft.

The district is in preliminary negotiations to move Rocketship to Orion and Kipp to Fair Oaks, which it would share with Connect, the district’s third charter school.

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