Seattle Public School Superintendent Brent Jones will not be recommending any school closures or consolidations for the 2024-25 school year, according to an email sent to families and discussion at the School Board meeting Nov. 15. Closures had been one of the potential measures expected to be discussed today at a School Board meeting focusing on a $131 million budget gap projected for the coming school year.
The District says it is “working to right-size the number of schools to accommodate lower student enrollment. This may include school closures or consolidations as an option for 2025-26. We know it takes time to plan and implement large-scale changes and will include our community to provide feedback as we move through the process.”
Dr. Jones said his decision was based not only on financial realities but also “shared community priorities and values learned from community engagement. Thank you to the many members of our community who added their voice.”