Some parents reacted this morning with shock and sadness that schools their children attend in the Sacramento Unified School District are to be closed.
The closures, scheduled for seven elementary schools at the end of the current academic year, were ordered by Sacramento City Unified district trustees after a 4-3 vote Thursday night. Three schools were spared closing.
At Maple Elementary, 3301 37th Ave., parents dropping their children off today said they were stunned and confused by Thursday night's decision by school trustees to shutter seven schools, including Maple Elementary.
One parent, Christina Virgen, who attended the meeting where the closure vote was taken, said she was overwhelmed with sadness.
"Oh my gosh, this school is more than just a school," Virgen said.
Virgen is a single parent with a second-grader attending the school. She said the school staff has gone above and beyond traditional school roles by paying special attention to her daughter.
The school nurse even helped Virgen find a nearby school to obtain a Certified Nursing Assistant license.
"I wish they could dig deep in their pockets and find some money, because closing the school will be detrimental to the kids, the parents and the community," she said.
Another parent, Jorge Guerrero, expressed shock at the news. As Guerrero dropped off his fifth-grader, Oscar, he said he was unaware of the board's decision to close Maple Elementary.
"I don't know what we will do," said Guerrero, his eyes tearing.