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MONDAY, October 24, 2011

SDUSD may closing or consolidating more than a dozen schools

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - More than a dozen schools would be closed, relocated or consolidated next year under a plan being recommended by a San Diego Unified School District committee.

The recommendation from the district's school realignment/closure committee will be presented to the district's board on Tuesday, with a formal vote possibly occurring in December, a local news source reported.

District officials have said they are facing a deficit of up to $118 million in next year's $1.057 billion operating budget. The district stands to save $500,000 per campus under the recommendation released Thursday, the source reported.

Campuses facing possible closure are Cadman, Cabrillo, Cubberly, Franklin, Marvin, Paradise Hills and Vista Grande elementary schools. The Barnard Mandarin Chinese Magnet School campus would also be closed and the program moved to Dana Middle School to establish a Pacific Rim language academy.

Additionally, Pacific Beach Middle School would be merged into Mission Bay High School, and the Crown Point Junior Music Academy would be closed, its violin and choral programs moved to Bayview Terrace Elementary School.

Crawford High School would break up its four small academies and revert to traditional comprehensive school status; the Emerson-Bandini campus, which houses two schools, would consolidate into one K-5 program at Emerson; and San Diego High School would consolidate its communications academy with its science and technology program.

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