Re "Multiple schools may be closed" (Our Region, Jan. 15): The Sacramento City School Unified District, and others, are facing the vexing problem of declining student enrollments and shifting populations. With an overall 10 percent reduction in students, what do we do with schools no longer able to justify being kept open?
The quick answer is to shift students. But, the larger question is what to do with the idled schools sites themselves? And, there are plenty of them. Even schools have been closed since 2011. Far, far more were closed in earlier years. This trend will continue.
The Sac City Unified school district should shed these unused properties as surplus. Sell them to developers for other appropriate uses. The advantages are obvious. First, the school district would receive the sale proceeds; and, second, it would enjoy the advantage of new property tax revenues being generated. If sale proceeds are invested wisely, maybe, just maybe, we can eliminate the need for future school bonds.
-- Robert N. Austin, Sacramento