Future of Rail Road Flat Elementary

The future of Rail Road Flat Elementary was the main topic of a Calaveras Unified School District study session earlier this week.  Only the latest in a saga of formal and informal threats of closure, the board must once again produce a decision on Nov. 5 regarding the fate of the 150-year-old school.   Since 2010, enrollment peaked and has entered a downward trend.   At that time, the school had 85 students, and trustees voted 3-2 to keep Rail Road Flat open.   A projection developed by the district estimates only 28 students will reside in Rail Road Flat in 2024.   According to District Superintendent Mark Campbell, the reality of the situation is the district’s budget is not sustainable in its current state.  If a solution isn’t found, those funds will have to be found elsewhere in the district’s budget, likely through staffing cuts, as they have in years past.  Additional discussions regarding the future of Rail Road Flat Elementary will take place during a Sept 26th meeting at the school, as well as upcoming CUSD board meetings on Sept 17th and Oct 22nd.                                                                 

Written by KVGC Staff

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