School Board Meets Thursday, Will Decide on Factors to Consider When Closing Pasadena Unified Schools

Published : Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 4:51 AM

The Pasadena Unified Board of Education will discuss factors to consider when the District is contemplating consolidating or closing a school during the Board’s meeting tonight.

The Board also will hear from teachers about the impasse in negotiations between the District and the the United Teachers of Pasadena.

The two school closures factors lists were prepared by the Board’s Master Planning/Boundaries Subcommittee and will be presented to the full Board for possible adoption.

The list includes recommended primary factors and secondary factors that should be considered during planning sessions, when the Board decides on major improvements, as well as closures or consolidation, among schools within the PUSD system.

Primary factors, as recommended by the Master Planning Committee, include preference for good facility conditions or the presence of special program facilities, capacity use of sites, promotion of socio-economic diversity (and ethnic balance), and student proximity to school.

The secondary factors listed include alternative uses for closed facilities and environmental factors.

The Master Planning Committee also listed a number of other potential factors for consideration, although it stressed the listed primary and secondary factors have been earlier discussed and agreed on for presentation to the full Board.

The Board is expected to form a consensus on these factors and adopt them for use during further planning meetings.

At Thursday’s meeting, the Board will also receive a progress report on the Pasadena Youth Master Plan, which provides a blueprint for Pasadena as it seeks to create a community where youth are seen as assets and thus are able to thrive and reach their full potential.

The Youth Master Plan, which cities across the United States have been adopting as part of the community planning process, is a product of the collaboration among City departments, schools and nonprofit organizations and contains priority areas that should be considered when initiating youth-oriented programs within the community.

The Plan is updated on an annual basis by a Design Team composed of more than 100 youth, parents, administrative and community leaders, including representatives from the City and community civic organizations.

During the meeting, the Board of Education will also discuss a number of contracts proposed for approval, most of them pertaining to school improvements and maintenance projects.

The meeting will be held at the Elbie J. Hickambottom Board Room at PUSD, at 351 South Hudson Avenue in Pasadena. A closed session follows special recognition ceremonies and a public comment segment around 3:30 p.m., after which the public meeting resumes around 7:30 p.m.

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