Frequently Asked Questions
We are providing answers to frequently asked questions during this phase of the process. Please note that this information will be continually updated throughout each phase of the school consolidation process, so please revisit this webpage for updates. We will also post updates on our social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) and through district communications.
Why are schools being closed?
Evergreen School District has a $12 million deficit that is the result of rising costs and declining enrollment. Enrollment in the Evergreen School District's enrollment has been in significant decline over the last five years and this trend will continue for the next five years. Specifically, over the past six years, the total enrollment has fallen by more than 2,500 students. The district also faces a projected enrollment decline of 1,500 students over the next five years, totaling a 10-year loss of more than 4,000 students. Over the next two years, the district is projected to lose over 750 students due to families moving out of the Bay Area to more affordable communities. This trend is not limited to Evergreen School District, as other Bay Area districts are facing similar situations.
By closing a $12 million deficit and addressing decline in enrollment, we can ensure that our schools maintain the level of excellence that our families expect for our students and support innovative learning in the classroom so that our students are prepared for a highly competitive global society.
What will be the process and timelines for the school closures?
The Evergreen School District Board of Trustees will be considering and adopting a process and timeline for school closures at its November 14 board meeting. Information on this web page will be updated following that meeting. District administrators will be providing a timeline and process at the November 14 board meeting. All information will be shared with the community.
How many schools will be closed and when will they close?
Two schools are scheduled to close by the end of the 2019-20 school year, and one more school by the end of the 2020-21 school year.
Which schools are closing?
At this time, the Board of Trustees has not determined which schools are closing. Decisions will not be made without full consideration of current enrollment and school boundary data.
How and when can I provide input in the process?
Evergreen School District will provide parents, staff, community members, and students opportunities to provide input and feedback once the Board of Trustees has approved the timeline and process. We will notify the community of these opportunities after the November 14 board meeting. In the meantime, please send your input and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
What will happen to the staff members at the schools that will be closed?
The district’s Human Resources department will work closely with bargainings units, the Evergreen Teachers Association (ETA) and the California Schools Employee Association (CSEA) leadership to establish a process to transfer staff that follows both contractual language, as written in the respective collective bargaining agreements, as well as any applicable education codes to ensure a smooth and transparent process.
How will the district support students and families with school transitions?
One of the greatest strengths of the Evergreen School District community is that we are a family, and when students and staff members are moved to a new school they will be welcomed into the family of that school. While working with our District support teams, each school site will determine how they will welcome new students and staff members, and school principals will be responsible for working with district staff on a transition plan that ensures that new and existing students feel welcome and positive about the changes that they will be encountering.
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