SACRAMENTO, CA - After Thursday night's controversial but expected vote to close seven schools, the question is, what's next?
The Sacramento City Unified School District voted 4 to 3 Thursday night to close these seven elementary schools because of under enrollment:
- Fruit Ridge
- C.P. Huntington
- Joseph Bonnheim
- Mark Hopkins
- C.B. Wire
For parents, many are beginning to plan ahead.
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"In the mornings, we're going to have to make a lot of changes, as to getting our son to school, what route to take," said Keith Dent, father of a Mark Hopkins Elementary second-grader.
The Sacramento City Unified School District is looking ahead as well, looking at what will happen to the teachers from the soon-to-be shut down schools.
SCUSD communications director Gabe Ross believes all affected teachers will keep their jobs.
"The teachers are staffed in the schools based on a class-size ratio," explained Ross. "So when you move kids to a new school, you need teachers for those students, so teachers will not lose their jobs as a result of these closures."
Another issue the district is looking at: what will happen to the seven closed campuses? Ross said the buildings will not sit empty, collecting dust.
"The goal is to not have these facilities sitting vacant; but rather, we know there's a lot of needs in these communities that can be addressed through various programs," Ross said.
Depending on which tenants move into some of the closed school sites, Ross didn't rule out the possibility of generating some revenue to help offset the costs of keeping the buildings up-and-running.