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Parents campaign to keep school open

RCSD is considering closing Sierra Gardens Elementary School
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Parents gathered outside Sierra Gardens Elementary School in Roseville Friday afternoon on a mission to inform other parents about the possibility that their campus might shut down in 2013.

The group of about a dozen or so parents sought signatures for a letter requesting that the school continue operating as an elementary school. Parent Darlene Guzman also led a similar campaign in the morning, as parents dropped off their children.

“A lot of parents didn’t even know it might close,” Guzman said. “They were very upset.”

Roseville City School District is considering closing the kindergarten through sixth grade campus, in response to the school’s declining enrollment and as part of a plan to turn Eich Intermediate School into a sixth through eighth grade campus. Eich currently serves seventh through eighth grade students.

The school board is likely to vote on the item during the Thursday, Feb. 16 board meeting. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the district office, located at 1050 Main St.

Sierra Gardens Site Council President Celeste Bates — who has three children at the school — was also at Friday’s event. She said parents are frustrated that the district acknowledges the plan to close the school has been considered for the past few years, but only recently became public knowledge.

“I think the reason (the district) kept it from us for so long is because they knew this would happen,” Bates said, referring to the parents’ activism.

The Press Tribune will continue to follow this story. Please check www.rosevillept.com for updates.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.