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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 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?

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April 9, 2009 at 2:46 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