Another Public School Closures Forum Scheduled for Today

Published : Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | 5:37 AM

District Board of Education Members faced tough questions from concerned parents in last week's Town Hall community meeting at Pasadena High School. Photo by Eddie Rivera.

The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Board of Education will host a second community forum on Tuesday, October 22, to hear from stakeholders about middle and high school closures.

Tonight’s town hall will be held in the John Muir Early College Magnet High School Auditorium, located at 1905 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The Board of Education is considering options to consolidate middle and high schools next year as the District adjusts to demographic changes and the resulting economic impact on public school funding.

The forum will be moderated by the League of Women Voters – Pasadena Area.
Spanish and American Sign Language translation services will be provided.

The District has seen a steady decrease in attendance since at least 2012, with attendance dropping from 18,000-plus in 2012, to about 16,000 in 2019. District projections indicate that the school district could stabilize at just over 14,000 in the 2025-26 school year.

“The District’s attendance figures have been steadily declining, reflecting national and statewide demographic trends, local housing prices, and competition with private and charter schools,” said a report from the School Consolidation Study Committee, back in October 21, 2010.

As a result, the PUSD Master Plan/Boundary Subcommittee introduced a number of options for the District’s middle schools and high schools on October 7. The High School 1 Plan would keep all four high schools open with current grade levels. The High School 2 Plan would keep three high schools, Blair, Muir, and Pasadena High School, and close Marshall 9-12.

The Middle School 1 plan would keep four stand-alone middle schools—Eliot, Sierra Madre, Washington, and Wilson, and close McKinley 6-8, Blair 6-8, and Marshall 6-8.

The Middle School 2 plan would add Blair 6-8 to the list of stand-alone middle schools.

The Middle School 3 Plan would keep three stand-alone middle schools—Eliot, Washington, Wilson and Blair 6-12, and close McKinley 6-8, Marshall 6-8, and Sierra Madre Middle School.

The Middle School 4 Plan would keep three stand-alone middle schools: Eliot, Washington, Sierra Madre Middle, and Blair 6-12, Marshall 6-12, and close McKinley 6-8 and Wilson 6-8.

The Middle School 5 plan would close Wilson Middle School.

The final decisions will likely be made at a later this week at the School Board’s meeting on Thursday, October 24.

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