OUSD Board Votes to Close Two Schools
The Oakland Unified School Board voted Wednesday to consolidate four schools into two campuses. The move will incur estimated savings of $3 million over the next five years.
By the end of the school year, Kaiser Elementary School and the School of Language dual immersion middle school will close their doors. Kaiser is merging with Sankofa Elementary and SOL will merge with Frick Academy. Melrose Leadership Academy, a K-8 dual immersion school, will expand.
Parents from Kaiser and SOL expressed extreme disappointment in the decision. They pleaded with the board not to close the schools.
OUSD says it is running too many schools at a time when enrollment is dropping and budget dilemmas are rising.
Read more about Wednesday’s decision at KTVU.