SCUSD Observer

Sacramento, California

Closing Lisbon Elementary: Why?

Taken from the district’s Website:

Lisbon Elementary School is located in the Pocket area of Sacramento, near Windbridge Drive. One of the newest schools in the district, Lisbon offers a variety of programs including K-1 classes, GATE classes, a Children’s Center (daycare) and an active PTA. The school has a full computer lab and the finest elementary school library in the district .

Lisbon serves a diversity of children through the regular program and through special needs services. There is one resource specialist teacher who serves RSP students and one Special Day Class for intermediate students. Students with academic or behavior problems are referred to a Special Student Study Team. This team may be composed of the RSP teacher, the child’s classroom teacher, the psychologist and one or two other classroom teachers. This team recommends interventions that might assist the child in making progress.

The Hawk Helper program allows students the opportunity to work for a teacher, plant manager or principal as a classroom helper, safety patrol member or conflict manager.

SCUSD management has recommended that Lisbon be included in the 2009-10 closure/consolidation plan. The district plans to parcel out Lisbon’s population to MLK, Jr. K-8 or Matsuyama Elementary.

What happens to the best elementary library in the district, the full computer lab, and more importantly, the RSP students when their neighborhood school shuts its doors?

How much money will be saved and what are the emotional and educational costs associated with depriving this community of its school?

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Written by scusdobserver

April 8, 2009 at 2:30 pm

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