Decision day Monday for school board |

Decision day Monday for school board

William Ferchland

The five elementary schools will learn their fate for next school year when the Lake Tahoe Unified School District school board votes Monday on what sites to keep open.

The vote will come about 14 hours before polls open for the Measure L election. If the $60 parcel tax passes, Monday’s decision will be invalid.

Before the vote, there will be a discussion on the background information for school closures including transportation, ethnicity and population.

The board will pick one of three options. All three call for Sierra House and Tahoe Valley elementary schools to remain open. Al Tahoe and Bijou schools are competing for the last spot. Not included in the options is Meyers Elementary, which is a casualty because of its relatively distant location from South Lake Tahoe.

Rumors swirled two years ago about Meyers closing because of enrollment drops. The school has 378 students, 28 more than Sierra House which will remain open because of $1.3 million in state modernization money that could not be used if the site was closed.

The three options differ on boundary lines, thus altering the student population and diversity levels. Steve Morales, facilities director for the district, said a software program was used in the redistricting. Elementary enrollment next year is estimated at 2,047 students. The three options don’t add to that total because the program likely overlapped boundaries, Morales said.

The closure decision is the lone agenda item. The meeting is scheduled to take place at the district office, at 1042 Al Tahoe Blvd., and will begin with public comment at 5 p.m.

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