San Rafael Trustees Vote to Close Short School

The San Rafael Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to close Short Elementary School. The decision follows a months-long review of the situation and the school’s plummeting enrollment numbers.

There will be just 52 students left after the current year’s fifth grade students graduate, according to the Marin Independent Journal. The school is already serving second through fifth grades only.

Principal Pepe Gonzales will begin working full-time at Laurel Dell Elementary School next year, where he also serves as principal. There are several possibilities for the Short School building, including a lease or sale.

Schools across Marin County have been experiencing a decline in enrollment. As CalSchoolNews noted, data from the Marin County Department of Education shows the number of students enrolled in Marin’s K-12 public schools and the College of Marin has dropped by 1,020 since 2016-17.


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