Three PUSD Schools Facing Possible Closure

Wilson Middle School is one of the schools on the chopping block. – Courtesy photo / Facebook, @WilsonMiddleSchoolofPasadena

Enrollment down by 500 students

By Terry Miller

On Thursday, Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Board of Education will enter into a difficult study session for a list of options facing the district’s need to reduce spending by $10 million for 2020-2021.

On the possible chopping block are three schools: Wilson, Cleveland and Franklin. These schools have been earmarked for possible closure or consolidation by the Board of Education in an effort to cut costs.

“We’re going to move past this. However, this is going to test our resolve,” Hilda Ramirez Horvath told Pasadena Independent Wednesday morning referencing the speculation surrounding the outcome of the study session.

With declining enrollment, Ramirez Horvath pointed out that 500 fewer students will have a significant impact on the district. Budget reductions from $4 million to $10 million pose an enormous challenge for the district.

With a December deadline looming, following the recent cuts already mandated by LACOE (Los Angeles County Office of Education), PUSD has some tough decisions ahead. Meanwhile, Ramirez Horvath points out that PUSD has made significant strides in a positive direction with state test results showing PUSD students making significant increases. So with positive student achievement in test scores, the Board of Education is hoping to continue this trend despite the fiscal challenges.

October 10, 2018

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tmiller Terry Miller has been in the newspaper business for 35 plus years, following in the footsteps of his father who was a Foreign Correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph when the family emigrated to New York from London abroad the Queen Mary. When not shooting pictures or chasing a breaking news story, Miller spends entirely too much time and effort with Little British Sports Cars...more like an addiction, his wife of 20 years says.

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