Camden School Closings: Several structures to be shuttered in the middle of decreasing enrollment rates and a district in deficit – WPVI-TV

27January 2021

CAMDEN, New Jersey (WPVI)– The Camden City School District announced Tuesday it will be closing four public schools in the city at the end of the year.The schools closing will be Wiggins, Sharp, Cramer, and Yorkship schools.

The statement from the district mentioned there has actually been a six month, long-term school preparation process to move trainees into higher-quality and more recent centers. Eventually, district authorities said this will put them on a course to long-term financial success.Currently, the district announced it has a projected $40 million deficit in fiscal year 2022, and every year going forward.Over a decade the school district is looking

at a budget deficit that goes beyond$ 400 million.The district stated three of the 4 structures are more than 100 years

old, and all four structures are in need of structural repair work. Usually, the schools are 30 %empty, registration in the district has actually decreased by nearly 50% given that 2013. Superintendent Katrina McCombs said around 1,200 students will be impacted.” It would not be responsible fiscally, for taxpayers as well as accountable direction from the Department of Education, to inform us to keep running at a deficit when we've been doing that for two years, and we're stuck,” said McCombs.Parents Action News consulted with stated they are disappointed due to the fact that household traditions like strolling to school will be gone, now that their neighborhood schools will no longer be an option.McCombs stated she is guaranteeing transportation for all the students impacted. The district stated an estimated 150 positions will be eliminated

or combined, however they don't have specifics at this time of the number of teachers or support staff will be impacted.Here is how the district said the trainees would be moved: District ensured seats are as follows: Sharp School: * Students entering grades K to 5 will to Veterans Memorial School * Students getting in grades 6 to 8 will go to Davis School Cramer School: * All trainees will go

to Davis school * Wiggins School:

* Students getting in grades K to 5 will go to Forest Hill School * Students getting in grades 6 to 8 will go to Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy Yorkship School: * Students going into grades K to 2 will go to Cream School
* Students getting in grades 3 to 5 will go to HB Wilson School * Students getting in grades 6 to 8 will go to Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy Copyright © 2021 WPVI-TV. All Rights Reserved.

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