Re "District notifies parents 11 schools may close" (Our Region, Jan. 17): I went to Joseph Bonnheim Elementary School 60 years ago when it first opened. It was a low-income area then, as it is now. Now they call it "disadvantaged" -- with 84 percent getting free or reduced price lunches and 44 percent being English learners.
The books say the right size for an elementary school is 350 to 450 students. Joseph Bonnheim, with 413 students (in a school with capacity for 970), is a neighborhood school that children can walk to and feel safe. It provides multiple classes in each grade, and the school can know all its students.
So why is it on the closure list? Is it too hard to educate poor children who are learning English? Is it more "cost effective" to put them into large impersonal facilities where their "disadvantages" can be diluted into the crowds and test scores of a larger group? Best for the district, but worse for the children.
-- Bill Jurkovich, Citrus Heights