Two OUSD school closing options will be considered

Editor's Note: This story was updated Sept. 16, 2016 at 11:48 a.m.

Ojai Unified School District Superintendent Hank Bangser confirmed the School Board will vote on elementary school closure options during its Sept. 20 meeting.

A public hearing will follow the vote in a subsequent meeting, the meeting date has yet to be determined. The Board's decision will remain tentative until a second vote following the public hearing.

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter

Two options relating to school closures: keeping all five elementary schools open or closing Summit Elementary School and keeping the remaining four schools open, will be considered by the Ojai Unified School District's (OUSD) School Board when it meets Sept. 20.

The two alternatives emerged during the Board's Sept. 14 meeting, when members were asked to state two preferences for the future of the OUSD elementary schools.

Board Member Thayne Whipple said his only choice is to keep all five schools open, refusing to put a school closure on the table.

Board Members Jane Weil and Kevin Ruf said they would prefer to keep all five schools open. The only school Weil and Ruf would consider closing is Summit.

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