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School Board Votes Against Closing Schools

School closures at Crestmoor and El Crystal schools were avoided after the San Bruno Park School Board voted 4-1 against a recommendation made by the superintendent.

The San Bruno Park School Board voted 4-1 Wednesday to oppose closing any schools following hours of passionate pleas from residents.

Schools trustee Kevin Martinez was the only dissenting vote.

The special board meeting was called after last week's meeting to take action on the school closures issue, which has been lingering since the beginning of the school year. Late last week, Superintendent David Hutt released a report ahead of the meeting recommending that Crestmoor and El Crystal elementary schools be closed.

His recommendation, which he said was based on findings from consulting firm Total School Solutions, was based on the fact that those two schools would be left with the smallest school populations once sixth graders move to Parkside Intermediate next year. That El Crystal was suddenly thrown into the school closure discussion came as a shock to many people, and they brought their frustrations—along with others—to the meeting.

In addition to taking a vote on school closures, the board decided to move forward with exploring whether to put a parcel tax on the November ballot. Schools trustee Jennifer Blanco also proposed creating a committee comprised of officials, teachers and residents that would look at how to prevent all future school closures.

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Bill Baker April 28, 2012 at 05:51 PM
DC, why don't you come out from behind your alias so we can connect you with your agenda and comments? I was responding to Ms. Beck's comments to me. Certainly nobody is being "picked on" and as evidenced by her almost daily comments in the Patch, Ms. Beck is more than able to defend herself against imagined or real instances of being "picked on". As evidenced by your comments you do not understand the issues pertaining to taxation or the economic impact that increasing tax burdens have on taxpayers who live in communities like San Bruno. Perhaps if you did understand the issues better you would be able to intelligently discuss them without having to use an alias to disassociate yourself from your comments. Finally, with respect to the issue of "rudeness"; one of the rudest things you can do in an online forum is hide behind an alias while making the sniping comments you have made :-)
DC Nice April 28, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Using my initials is a problem.? I understand taxation Bill I just don't agree with u. Another way to say that is I have a different opinion.
Bill Baker April 29, 2012 at 02:15 AM
OK DC, if masking your identity gives you the cover and courage that you need to post your online comments, I guess we'll just have to live with that. Opinions are great! Everybody has one, just like everybody has a name ;-)
Chris Kiely May 01, 2012 at 12:32 AM
DC: What do you mean when you say: "So is the foundation ready to change and do this differently than they have? They weren't before, which is why my dollars went directly to Parkside at that time. It would be good if they could though......" What were the changes that you asked the Foundation to make, that they wouldn't do?
John Hanson May 19, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Let's get rid of Hutt before he does more damage to our schools.

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