Pasadena Unified Will Close Three Schools

Three Pasadena Unified elementary schools are on the chopping block and more could soon follow, according to the Pasadena Star-News.

The Board voted 4-3 Thursday to shutter the Franklin, Jefferson and Roosevelt elementary schools, citing declining enrollment and financial concerns. Kimberly Kenne, Patrick Cahalan and Michelle Bailey voted against the resolution.

“We will probably be back here in two to three years, closing elementary schools again,” Kenne said.

Bailey believes the financial situation could be compounded by the closures. While the students will be encouraged to attend the Longfellow and Madison schools, there’s no guarantee they’ll stick with the district.

In the past seven years PUSD’s enrollment numbers have fallen by about 1,200.