The San Diego Unified school board opted Tuesday night to spend $20,000 on a feasibility study exploring whether to place a secondary school in the planned downtown library. (We have dubbed it a schoobrary.)

The sole trustee to vote against the idea was John Lee Evans, who disliked the idea of spending money on the idea, and said that focusing on the downtown library while neighborhood libraries are threatened with closure is “like having a skyscraper of Starbucks instead of having a Starbucks in every neighborhood.”

Board member Katherine Nakamura disagreed, saying that the school-in-a-library idea was compelling and a study was prudent. “It’s a good idea to look before you leap,” she said.

The most strenuous objection came from a high school student who pointed out that the district already has a downtown high school — San Diego High.


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