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School District In Ventura County Set To Look At Fate Of Closed School

Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:24am

A Ventura County school district facing major financial problems is set to look at whether it should spend millions on a major renovation of a currently closed elementary school campus.

The Simi Valley School board is set tonight to look at the future of Simi Elementary School.

The district’s oldest school was unexpectedly closed earlier this year, and its 200 students shifted to another campus, after an inspection found some major safety concerns on campus.

The school district could use most of the 17 million dollars in bond money it has left to make the estimated 11 million dollars in repairs, but there are also another 27 million dollars worth of projects on the list.

Complicating the situation is due to declining enrollment, the district has at least two other elementary schools which have empty classrooms, so it raises questions about repairing the school when there is sufficient capacity elsewhere.

A district committee recommended closing up to three elementary schools to save money, but the school board rejected the closures, and instead decided to try to close a $1.5 million dollar budget gap through layoffs.

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