Frequently Asked Questions
Updated November 20, 2019
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.
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.
What will be the process and timelines for the school closures/consolidations?
At its November 14, 2019 meeting, the Evergreen School District Board of Trustees approved the process and timelines for the district’s school closures/consolidations, which incorporates various stakeholder engagement opportunities, including the appointment of a School Consolidation Committee and subcommittees. The following is a summary of the approved process and timelines, and the full text of the approved process and timelines can be found here: www.eesd.org/scprocess
At its January 22, 2020 meeting, the School Consolidation Committee will determine which specific school closures/consolidations will be recommended to the Superintendent. The Board of Trustees will take action on the recommended school closures/consolidations at its February 13, 2020 meeting.
What is the composition of the School Consolidation Committee, and what is its responsibility?
Superintendent, Dr. Emy Flores recently appointed the School Consolidation Committee, an advisory committee that is comprised of parents, community partners, principals, teachers, and support staff. The committee is charged with the responsibility of ultimately recommending which schools to close--including boundaries and potential transportation approaches--to the Superintendent by the end of January 2020. The committee will work alongside the sub-committees (listed below) on developing specific transition support plans for the schools recommended for closure.
Three subcommittees--Education Services, Human Resources, and Business--will meet concurrently and provide information and updates to the School Consolidation Committee throughout the process, and will be comprised of community representatives, parents, and staff members:
- Education Services: The Educational Services Committee will focus on anything related to teaching and learning, instructional materials, school libraries, educational programs, etc.
- Human Resources: The Human Resources Committee will focus on anything related to staffing, contract agreements, transfers, layoffs, etc.
- Business: The Business Committee will focus on anything related to budget, facilities, space, technology, nutrition services, maintenance and operations of school facilities, transportation, etc.
What impacts will be considered by the School Consolidation Committee?
The approved process outlines a number of impacts that will be considered-- including financial, community, programmatic, enrollment, and demographic factors--and examined by the committee and its subcommittees.
When will the School Consolidation Committee meet?
The committee will begin meeting on November 20 and will meet through April 2020. Please note that due to the advisory nature of this committee, the School Consolidation Committee meetings are not open to the public. Meeting notes and agendas will be posted on the School Consolidation website for informational purposes. The dates of these meetings are listed as part of the Board of Trustee's approved process and timelines, and the committee may choose to hold additional meetings which are not listed.
How and when can I provide input in the process? The approved timeline includes three Community Information Meetings, open to the public, hosted by Superintendent Dr. Emy Flores, to provide updates, answer questions, and listen to concerns community members may have. The community information meeting dates are as follows, beginning at 6 p.m.:
- December 19, 2019-Quimby Oak Gym - 3190 Quimby Rd., San Jose
- January 16, 2020-Quimby Oak Gym - 3190 Quimby Rd., San Jose
- February 25, 2020-Quimby Oak Middle School Library - 3190 Quimby Rd., San Jose
Input and questions can also be sent to email@example.com.
What will happen to the staff members at the schools that will be closed?
The district’s Human Resources department will work closely with bargaining 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. The School Consolidation Committee’s charge also includes developing specific transition support plans for any schools recommended for closure/consolidation. 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.
How can I provide feedback now?
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