Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Restructuring Presentations Go To Cluster Committees

Presentations on possible realignment of school boundaries, programs and school closures are under way with San Diego Unified's high school cluster groups over the next several weeks.

The discussions, part of the district's preparations for the 2012-13 school year, are being held at locations around the district as each cluster group meets over the next few weeks. Part of the district's Community-Based School Reform, each school that feeds into a high school -- its "cluster" -- has representatives and provides input on educational and other issues for that neighborhood.

"This school year may have just started, but as we are expecting additional reductions in state funding for the next school year, the Board has asked us find further cuts," said Superintendent Bill Kowba. "We're working with the local communities to see if there are ways we can right-size schools, improve education and save money."

Deputy Superintendent-Business Phil Stover will be conducting most of the presentations for the cluster groups; each will discuss what consolidations and cuts may come to that cluster. In addition to closing schools, options for change include revising a school's grade level (K-5 to K-8, for example), and moving and consolidating special programs.

The meetings are open to the public. Check the calendar at the Realignment website for the latest schedule.