Committee to hear proposals for closed school sites at meeting on Thursday

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A committee charged with making recommendations to the Board of Education on the disposition of seven closed elementary schools will hear proposals for the sites at its meeting on Thursday (December 5) at the Serna Center.

The 7-11 Committee, so named because state law directs such groups to have between seven and 11 members representing specific constituencies, has been meeting weekly since September to learn about the sites, neighborhood needs and concerns and community priorities.

The group held one meeting at each of the seven campuses and also toured each campus, says 7-11 Committee Chair Anna Molander. 

“The purpose was to take a look at the physical plant of each of the sites and to be there and hear from the community,” Molander says. “It’s been really enjoyable and informative for us to get into these neighborhoods and hear from folks who have strong and creative ideas. The committee has really enjoyed meeting these engaged citizens.”

The intent of Thursday’s meeting is two-fold, says Cathy Allen, associate superintendent of facilities support services. It will give community members who were unable to attend other meetings a chance to participate in the process and allow interested parties to make formal proposal presentations.

The 7-11 Committee is charged with recommending to the Board whether a site should be “surplused,” or no longer needed for school purposes. The Board of Education also has requested that the committee rank proposals for re-purposing or reusing sites.

Although the committee’s weekly meetings were fairly well-attended — crowds ranged from 15 to 65 — Molander hopes more will come out for Thursday’s meeting, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Serna Center Community Rooms, 5735 47th Ave., Sacramento.

“We would love more people to talk and throw out ideas” for closed sites, she said. 

The seven closed sites are: Maple Elementary (3301 37th Ave.); Washington Elementary (520 18th St.); Clayton B. Wire Elementary (5100 El Paraiso Ave.); Fruit Ridge Elementary (4625 44th St.); Joseph Bonnheim Elementary;  (7300 Marin Ave.); Mark Hopkins Elementary (2221 Matson Drive); and C.P. Huntington (5921 26th St.).

Anyone or any group with a proposal for a site can submit the idea to the committee through a form posted on SCUSD’s website. Click here to access the form and for other 7-11 Committee information, including meeting agendas and minutes.

Those who intend to show a PowerPoint, video or make use of other media should contact Elena Hankard (elena-hankard@scusd.edu) to make arrangements before Thursday.