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February 13, 2013
Sacramento City may swap schools on closure list

schoolclosure.JPGThe vote on whether to close Tahoe Elementary in Tahoe Park is being delayed by the Sacramento City Unified School District in order to consider closing Mark Twain Elementary instead.

Parents of children at both schools were being notified today about the possible change, said district spokesman Gabe Ross. Mark Twain is located on 58th Street, about a mile from Tahoe Elementary.

Sacramento City Unified trustees are weighing the closure of 11 under-enrolled elementary schools. The vote on the other 10 schools will continue as planned on Feb. 21.

The decision on whether to close Tahoe or Mark Twain elementary schools will be March 7.

Ross said concerns at a Tahoe Elementary community meeting prompted district officials to reconsider their plan. Currently, Mark Twain students eat lunch at West Campus High School due to the elementary school not having a fully equipped kitchen. Tahoe Elementary parents voiced concerns about that arrangement.

Ross said there were also traffic concerns regarding future construction at West Campus High School with recently passed Measures Q and R bond monies.

A meeting at Mark Twain Elementary to discuss the potential closure is scheduled for Feb. 27.

"We want to gather feedback from the Mark Twain community," Ross said.

Sacramento City Unified ranked schools based on their school's capacity in order to select 11 schools for closure. The district has lost 10 percent of its enrollment in the past decade and anticipates further declines in the future.

The district said its 56 elementary schools are operating at 56 percent of capacity.

Mark Twain was the next school on the closure list after the district skipped three schools that are part of a "Priority Schools" program and another school that would likely see its enrollment increase from the closure of a school higher on the list.

Mark Twain has 393 students on a campus the district says can fit 876, which puts the school at 40 percent capacity. Tahoe Elementary has 315 students on a campus where the district says the capacity is 788. That's a capacity rate of 45 percent.

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Loretta KalbLoretta Kalb started her reporting career at The Sacramento Union, moved to KOVR-13 as a television reporter, editor and producer, headed to The Associated Press in San Francisco and eventually returned to Sacramento and joined The Sacramento Bee. Throughout her career, she has covered the state Legislature, courts, local government and, now, education. She is a Chico native and an Elk Grove resident.

Diana LambertDiana Lambert began her journalism career as a proofreader at the Lodi News-Sentinel. She is now a senior writer at The Sacramento Bee covering K-12 education and California State University, Sacramento. Previously she was The Bee’s Elk Grove bureau chief. Lambert was raised in a military family and lived at bases around the globe. She attended four high schools, graduating from Tokay High in Lodi and then Sacramento State University. She lives in Elk Grove.

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