Pasadena School Board Votes to Close Cleveland Elementary School

The Pasadena Unified School Board has voted to shutter Cleveland Elementary School in an effort to save $250,000 to $350,000 per year. Tuesday’s vote was 5-2. The closure will take effect by the next academic school year, at which point the school’s 100 students and programs will be transferred to Washington Accelerated School.

CalSchoolNews wrote about some of the financial troubles facing the district last month. In all, the district must cut its operating budget by $10 million by the 2020-2021 academic year.

The board has already approved $3 million worth of cuts through staffing reductions, cuts to athletic programs, and increased rent for school facilities. But even with these reductions, and now the closure of Cleveland Elementary, the district still faces $6.5 million in necessary cuts. That means two other schools — Franklin Elementary and Wilson Middle — could meet a similar fate. They will be the subject of future board meetings.

Teachers and parents described Tuesday’s decision as “heartbreaking.”

Read more about the reactions to Cleveland Elementary’s closure here and here