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April 17, 2013
Volunteers sought on future of Sacramento's closing campuses

The Sacramento City Unified School District is seeking volunteers with varied backgrounds to advise the Board of Education on the reuse or disposition of school buildings and vacant sites not needed for school purposes.

Trustees of the school district recently decided to close seven elementary schools after finding them to be chronically underenrolled.

The 7-11 committee - a group of seven or 11 members - is to have members that represent the ethnic, age and socioeconomic composition of the district.

Members also are to represent the business community, such as store owners or managers, as well as property owners or renters, preferably those linked to neighborhood associations.

Under state law, committee members must represent teachers, administrators, parents with enrolled students and individuals with expertise in environmental impacts, contracts, building codes and land-use planning.

Those interested may download an application or apply online at www.scusd.edu/7-11-committee. The application may also be mailed to the district Board of Education, Box 701, 5735 47th Ave., Sacramento, CA 95824.

The application should include name, address, email and telephone contact information; the membership category or categories for which the applicant qualifies; a current resume, and a statement explaining why appointment is sought and whether the applicant is personally affected by the school closures.

Deadline for submitting applications is 5 p.m., May 3.

For questions or more information, contact Gail Ferguson via email, gail-ferguson@scusd.edu, or phone (916) 643-9314.

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About Report Card

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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