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Congratulations Graduates!

Especially noteworthy are the seniors of Genesis High School, who graduate this evening. The SCUSD Observer wishes you the best of luck!
Complete list of SCUSD graduation dates…


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June 5, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Most of That Has Died Down

In today’s Bee, a story by Melody Gutierrez reports that SCUSD students who are having their school closed next fall get a choice about where to attend next year. A special open enrollment period for those students (which began on Monday) ends today.

Toward the end of the article, Associate Superintendent Mary Hardin-Young is quoted.

District trustees voted April 16 to close the four schools because of budget cuts, which prompted anger among parents and concern from school site staff.

Hardin Young said most of that has died down.

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May 6, 2009 at 1:22 pm

They would not listen, they’re not listening still. Perhaps they never will…

Regarding last night’s agenda and school closures, specifically, here’s how it went down: the decision to close Mark Hopkins Elementary will be put off for one year.

All of the other elementary schools slated for shut down; Thomas Jefferson, Alice Birney, Lisbon and the one high school, G.E.N.E.S.I.S., will close their doors to SCUSD students in mid-June, 2009.

Here are the votes:

Alice Birney closure: Bell (no), Grimes (no), Rodriguez (yes), Arroyo (yes), Kennedy (yes), Houseman (yes), Terry (yes)

G.E.N.E.S.I.S. closure: Bell (yes), Grimes (yes), Rodriguez (no), Arroyo (yes), Kennedy (yes), Houseman (yes), Terry (yes)

Lisbon closure: Bell (no), Grimes (no), Rodriguez (no), Arroyo (yes), Kennedy (yes), Houseman (yes), Terry (yes)

Jefferson closure: Bell (yes), Grimes (yes), Rodriguez (no), Arroyo (yes), Kennedy (yes), Houseman (yes), Terry (yes)

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April 17, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Closing G.E.N.E.S.I.S. High School. Why?

Another school on SCUSD’s hit list for 2009-10 is G.E.N.E.S.I.S. Charter High School.

With a new principal, steady enrollment and dedicated staff, the District’s very own website describes the latest in programming at the school:

A career component developed for the 2008-09 school year will provide eligible high school students an opportunity to participate in job shadowing and internships with a variety of community and business partners. Upon graduation from GENESIS Charter School, students will have acquired a college pre-education and be prepared to enter the world of work.

The school, housed next to the Serna Center was completed in September 2004 and cost $16 million to build.

Aligned with the California National Guard’s Cadet Corps, the school is tailored for students who have not done well at traditional high schools.


1. Why are other small E-21 schools immune to budget cuts and considered to be in the recruitment phase? What makes Genesis different?

2. If the criteria for this particular school’s closure revolves around the drop-out rate, why isn’t the new programming and new administration given a chance to prove itself before closure?

3. How is the District going to recapture a $16 million expenditure on a newly-built facility designed for high school students by “renting out” the space? Who is going to rent it?

4. Where will these cadets go? Do they give up on their education and go back to the streets? What high school replaces their program?

Listen to them plead their case in front of the school board last Thursday and judge for yourself whether they deserve to stay in the facility built for them or whether they deserve to be shut down.

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April 6, 2009 at 3:46 pm

All the Little Ones…

At last night’s school board meeting, a heartbreaking parade of teachers, parents and students voiced their concerns about school closures. Thomas Jefferson, Lisbon, Old Marshall School, Genesis High School, Mark Hopkins, and Alice Birney are recommended to be shut down this fall.

Especially poignant were a group of parents dismayed at the plan to close Mark Hopkins Elementary. One father stated that his boy would not be able to go to school if he couldn’t walk across the street because the family had no other means of transportation and an elderly grandmother who takes care of the boy would not be able to walk the two miles required to fetch the child from nearby John Bidwell or John Sloate.

After waiting three hours to address the board, another parent informed the panel that she took a day off from work and had her pay docked as a result — all for a chance to speak her plight for one, timed minute.

A 6th grader said she valued her experience at Mark Hopkins because attending the school has been a tradition in her family. She explained that she and her graduating classmates are saddened this year, however, because they leave behind all the little ones.

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April 3, 2009 at 2:09 pm