Pasadena Unified board to decide whether to close 2 schools

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After months of passionate public hearings, Pasadena Unified board of education is set to vote Tuesday whether to close two campuses.

The district is grappling with a budget deficit.

Pasadena Unified’s superintendent is recommending the school board close Loma Alta and Burbank elementary schools in Altadena. Loma Alta’s 185 student enrollment makes it the district’s smallest school. Burbank Elementary is also small, enrolling just over 300 students.

Pasadena Unified’s initial closure list included seven elementary schools. Many parents turned out to public meetings to save their local schools.

In his recommendation to the school board, Superintendent Edwin Diaz made no mention of test scores as a factor. The two schools recommended for closure have two of the three lowest test scores among schools on that list.

Like every other public school district in the state, Pasadena Unified is making cuts to fill in a budget deficit. Earlier this year, voters in the district turned down a school funding measure. Closing the two campuses will save Pasadena Unified nearly a million dollars each year.