After months of community dialogue, Smith will recommend a path forward that balances the urgent need to bolster programs at schools with the equally urgent need to provide stability to Jefferson neighborhood schools. Smith is not recommending the closure of any neighborhood schools in the Jefferson cluster at this time in order to minimize disruption for students and promote stability. Specifically, Smith will recommend:
“It is clear that the issues facing the Jefferson cluster are complex and long-standing. I recognize that PPS itself carries a measure of responsibility,” Smith noted. “It is also clear that the Jefferson community’s deep support for its neighborhood schools presents a tremendous opportunity to work together to build strong, sustainable and high-performing schools that prepare every student well for high school and college. Significant disruption at this time would undermine this goal, not support it.”
Detailed recommendation to board Monday
Smith will present her full, detailed recommendation to the school board at 6 p.m. Monday at the Blanchard Education Service Center, 501 N. Dixon St. The meetings are carried live on TV Channel 28 and streamed live.
The board will then listen to public testimony:
At a public hearing Saturday Feb.9, 10 a.m. – noon, in the Jefferson High School Auditorium, 5210 N. Kerby Ave.
• At their Monday Feb. 11 board meeting, 6 p.m., 501 N. Dixon St. (45 minutes allocated for testimony)
The board is expected to vote on the superintendent's recommendation Feb. 25.
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