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End of an era: Students graduate amidst Summit campus uncertainty

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Ojai Valley News photo by Andra Belknap

Summit kindergarteners (from left) Cali Robinson, Max Martinez, JoJo Voyson, Ivan Barraza and Dylan Wilcox celebrate their promotion to first grade June 14.

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
Summit Elementary School celebrated the graduation of 11 sixth-grade students June 14. The celebration, that included speeches from each member of the graduating class, will likely mark the final sixth-grade promotion at the elementary school.
The Ojai Unified School District's (OUSD) School Board voted June 6 to suspend enrollment at Summit for the 2018 – 2019 school year. Just one month earlier, the Board voted to move OUSD sixth graders to Matilija Junior High School at the start of the 2019 – 2020 school year.
The day before graduation, Summit Principal Marilyn Smith led the school’s 38 students on a celebratory hike on Sisar Road.
Summit parents have begun investigating the prospect of transforming the Upper Ojai elementary school into a charter school, according to Summit parent Thea Wilcox, whose three children will attend Monica Ros School in the fall.

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