Alameda considers closing schools to save money

September 30, 2010 1:31:52 PM PDT
The Alameda Board of Education is holding a public hearing Thursday night to allow the community a chance to speak out on a plan that would close nearly half of the Alameda Unified School District's schools.

The Alameda Unified School District is considering consolidation plan that would create "mega schools" of up to 1,000 students from kindergarten through sixth grade. The goal is to find a new way to deal with the district's massive budget gap.

Even with the consolidation and closures the district says it could still be short up to $12 million over the next two years.

Thursday's hearing will be held at Lincoln Middle School at 6:30 p.m.

A final vote by the board on the proposals is scheduled on Dec 14.