Novato Weighs Elementary School Closure

The Novato Unified School District is grappling with a decline in elementary school enrollment that could force the closure of a school.

By Keri Brenner  |  Marin Independent Journal 
The district has formed a 24-member committee of educators and parents to evaluate the enrollment sizes of the district’s eight elementary schools and determine whether they need to be reconfigured. Enrollment has fallen by about 500 over the last five years.

The school board authorized the committee on Oct. 2. The panel’s final recommendations — which could include closing a school — are expected to come before the board early next year.

“We have just begun the process of informing the community and forming this committee,” Superintendent Jim Hogeboom said in a written statement. “We will be working with a facilitator, Suzanne Speck of School Services of California.”

Hogeboom said the committee will hold four meetings — Oct. 22, Nov. 28, Dec. 17 and Jan. 31 — at the district office. The committee is expected to present its initial recommendations to the Board of Trustees in February.

If there is a recommendation to close a school, the specific school would be identified by the committee to the board in the spring.

Any closure would not happen until the fall of 2020, said district spokeswoman Leslie Benjamin.

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Great example of adult leadership. Can they hold a seminar for the RVSD board?