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A Message From Superintendent Duffy

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March 8, 2019

Dear Community Leaders,

I am writing to update you on the facilities challenges facing our district. Last night (Thursday, March 7), the Board of Education held a study session to share these challenges and discuss next steps. There have been long running conversations on how to accommodate our growing number of charter schools and expanding district programs. Ultimately, the situation we face is there are too many schools and too few campuses that are physically ready to support students.

This has led to some very preliminary exploration about the need to close or merge schools in order to meet the demand. I want to apologize for the distress and uncertainty this has caused our students, families, and employees.

Crespi and Pinole middle schools have been particularly impacted by this conversation because they have growing charter schools sharing their facilities. I want to reassure those communities that I will not discuss closing or merging either of those schools unless their enrollment drops below 350 students.

This does not end the conversation. We still have challenges to meet, including two charter schools that are expected to outgrow their current facilities and expanding district-run programs. We will continue to work hard to ensure the schools in our district are the top choice of families in our community.

We will need your help to successfully navigate this issue. Please stay involved and informed about our schools. Our solution will be successful with your participation and support.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to explore solutions to the facilities challenges we face.

In partnership,

Matthew Duffy
Superintendent