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Board of Education meeting tomorrow

Board members also plan to discuss agreements between the district and four newly approved charter schools (Gompers, Keiller, King/Chavez and Memorial), to allow the schools to operate out of district facilities for a cost of 2 percent of each school’s revenue, for the period July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006. In addition, the board will review agreements between the district and a number of employees who have requested on-loan status from the district for this coming school year – 16 of whom want to work at Gompers, 19 at Keiller, eight at King/Chavez and 30 at Memorial.

School closures also to be discussed

The superintendent recommends the district close Barnard Elementary in Point Loma, Cadman Elementary in Clairemont, Crown Point Elementary in Mission Bay and North Park Elementary in North Park. According to district documents, the cost of operating one small school with less than 400 students is about $400,000 annually. The district estimates the average enrollment at these four schools to be 196 students, which amounts to an annual fixed cost of $2,040 per student. For other elementary schools in the district, officials claim the average enrollment is 541, with an annual fixed cost of $739 per student.

More information on the SDUSD board meeting can be found at the district’s Web site.

– MARSHA SUTTON, Voice Education Writer

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