Santa Rosa School Board to Consider Full Consolidation

The Santa Rosa City School Board voted unanimously Wednesday to study “full unification” of the entire school district, which consists of 10 different schools.

The plan would incur an immediate loss of $21.3 million, according to a feasibility study, which is why the board’s vote was such a surprise. Down the line, however, the district could recoup annual savings totaling $44 million a year.

Two other options were considered but rejected. One would split area schools into two districts: Santa Rosa Unified and Rincon Valley Area Elementary and High School District. The other option would combine the elementary school districts into two large unified districts.

Board members concluded that full unification would do the most to desegregate area schools and increase student equity. 

The consolidation process is still in its early stages. According to Trustee Omar Medina, the process is expected to take at least five years.

Read more at the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat