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I am a mom of two students who just found out that their school (Parker Elementary in Eugene) is closing. Our school fell victim to this closure because of several factors. Though we have been consistently rated as "outstanding" and many students choose to come to our school who live outside the boundary, our school is being mothballed.
Several years ago, our district redrew boundaries to put more low SES students into the "wealthy people's" schools. Our boundary was not redrawn. Subsequently, we have been drawing from a smaller pool of students. This resulted in our school having fewer students. The board made the decision to close schools with "low enrollment". But, they created the problem to begin with!
Our school was also slated to close because the board had wanted to move an alternative immersion program into it. The immersion program has been criticized because of it's location and the fact that if parents can't drive the kids to school, they're not going to go there. They wanted our building (only a few miles from their current site) to allow more access. This was really setting up a class warfare. Neighborhood school (caters to low SES) vs. alternative school (caters to higher SES).
The board ultimately decided NOT to move this school into ours. Instead, they are just mothballing our school - a perfectly good building that has lower operating costs. It is VERY expensive to simply mothball a school.
Shame on Eugene's school board!
posted 2 years, 3 months ago
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