SCUSD Observer

Sacramento, California

Closing Mark Hopkins Elementary: Why?

Yet another school included on SCUSD management’s closure list for next year is Mark Hopkins Elementary.

Students protested last Friday morning after last Thursday night’s board meeting. This particular school community will present a formidable public relations challenge to the board if they legislate on April 16th that Mark Hopkins is to close. Students are scheduled to be divided between John Sloate Elementary and John Bidwell Elementary if the closure takes effect.

“Success for Every Student by Name” is the district’s motto and Mark Hopkins seems to live up to that ideal: both the teacher and student populations are extremely diverse in ethnicity.

Taken from the school’s homepage:

After school enrichment programs include START (Students Today Achieving Results for Tomorrow), Girl and Boy Scouts. After school tutoring is available for Hmong students made possible through a grant. Consolidated funds also provide extended day for some students.

School pride is very important at Mark Hopkins. Mandatory uniforms have created a sense of unity for our students. “We are the World;” we are committed to making a difference and to prepare all of our students to become contributing members of society.

This school just transitioned this year from being a year-round school to a traditional school. How many transitions should these students be expected to make to accommodate bad policy decisions?


Written by scusdobserver

April 9, 2009 at 2:46 pm

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