Wednesday, September 21, 2011

NEWS RELEASE -- Realignment Presentations Go To High School Clusters

NEWS RELEASE from the San Diego Unified School District, Sept. 21, 2011


Discussions of School Closures Will Be With Parent, Community Groups In
Each High School Area

SAN DIEGO -- 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. A website to keep the public informed
is at

Here is the current schedule.

-- Thursday, Sept. 22, 5:45 p.m., Clairemont Community of Schools, Marston
Middle School (Media Center), 3799 Clairemont Dr. (92117)

-- Monday, Sept. 26, 4:30 p.m., University City Cluster Committee,
University City High School, Media Center, 6949 Genesee Ave. (92122)

-- Monday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m., Mira Mesa Cluster School Council, Mira Mesa
High School, library, 10510 Reagan Road, 92126

-- Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m., Patrick Henry Cluster Council, Patrick
Henry High School, library, 6702 Wandermere Drive, 92120

-- Monday, Oct. 3, 6 p.m., Crawford Cluster, Mann Middle School, 4345 54th
St., (92115)

-- Monday, Oct. 3, 7:45 p.m., Pt. Loma Cluster Schools Foundation, Correia
Middle School, library, 4320 Valeta St. (92107)

A meeting with the Mission Bay High School cluster was held Monday, Sept.
19. Still remaining to be scheduled are meetings with the Hoover, Kearny,
La Jolla, Lincoln, Madison, Morse, San Diego High and Scripps Ranch
clusters. Notices of those meetings will be posted on the realignment

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Jack Brandais
Communications Department
San Diego Unified School District
(619) 725-5570 (Desk)
(619) 607-0477 (Cell)

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