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Ravenswood community weighs pace, transition of closing two elementary schools

Original post made on Nov 6, 2019

Parents and others who have attended public meetings on consolidating schools in the Ravenswood City School District appear split over whether to close two schools next fall or to close one next year and the other after that.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 8:44 PM

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Posted by Mark Dinan
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 6, 2019 at 9:21 am

Mark Dinan is a registered user.

I appreciate the strong leadership shown by Acting School Superintendent Gina Sudaria, Ronda White from the teachers union, and the newly invigorated School Board. This is something that should have happened years ago, and consolidating school sites is a common sense and practical solution to the fiscal issues plaguing the district. I especially appreciate White's idea of creating magnet schools to attract the many students currently heading out of district via the Tinsley Program, private schools, and charter schools. Actions like these give me and many other community members increased confidence in the leadership of RCSD.

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Posted by Fernando
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 6, 2019 at 4:02 pm

When you’re in a death spiral, you don’t prolong the agony. 50% or less capacity for five schools = closing two schools ASAP. ASAP in education is the next school year. Affected credentialed personnel need to be notified on March 15th of the intent to lay-off and May 15th of the final layoff. Of course, Ms. White is interested in saving jobs not about facing the fiscal realities. Ravenswood has been crushed by Charter School expansion for years and is now at the point where it can’t effectively afford to run a public school system. The District is the poster child for the ills on California education! Sad.

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Posted by What a Waste!
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 6, 2019 at 6:06 pm

I heard that as part of the union contracts Gina gave 2,000 dollars to each employee who returned to work this year. There a lot of employees at the district so I ask myself, why did she do that,when she new the budget was bad. All the money she used on that should have been given to the parents if they brought back the students to Ravenswood District. This is why all employees love her and want her as superintendent. That was a waste of money that they do not have.

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Posted by Dear What a waste
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 6, 2019 at 9:16 pm

Do you happen to know the difference in pay between a Ravenswood teacher and those 5 miles away? Hint ... it is NOT a $2,000 difference.

If it weren’t for my EPA love I’d be working 3 miles from my house for $20,000+ more and an hour shorter on my commute. (Yes, I meant all those zeros)

Trust when people tell you it is NOT for the money.

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Posted by Gus L.
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 7, 2019 at 5:10 pm

Perhaps they are planning on closing the schools(Just as Palo Alto did) to sell off the property to Real Estate buddies and profit from it?
Years from now they will kick themselves in the arse for selling the schools.
Now every Palo Alto school has Temporary buildings to accommodate the kids.

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Posted by Not Selling
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 7, 2019 at 8:51 pm

They’ve said in meetings they will not sell. Only lease for money. They will still own the space. They seem to be thinking long term.

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