California’s school system has been trying to shut its entire campus down for a month to save money after it ran out of money for its high school classroom.
The school district announced Friday that it was closing its campuses, starting with the Madison College campus in Berkeley, and that all students in the three campuses will be moved to other campuses across the state.
Madison College is the only one of the state’s four high schools to shut the doors.
The other two are Cal State Fullerton and the San Diego State University campus.
The Madison College closure follows a similar move by the Oakland Unified School District, which shut down its schools earlier this year.
The decision was announced in a letter sent to parents Thursday afternoon by the district’s director of financial management.
“As we all know, the school districts are in a financial emergency, so we decided to make the difficult decision to shut off all of our campuses,” said district director Jennifer Tugwell in a statement.
“At Madison College, we had to take a critical step to make sure our students are in safe, stable, and supportive environments.
It is important to note that the campus closure does not affect any students or staff members.”
The Madison County Board of Supervisors approved the move Thursday, saying the district has “been unable to keep up with the rising cost of living, including our students and their families.”
In a statement, the Madison County School District said the closures will be in effect until January 30, 2019, but it is unclear when students will be able to return to their campuses.
Tugwood said the district was not considering any students who are currently attending other schools.
“The students who do not need to return will be placed on other campuses,” Tugweil said in the statement.
The district has also suspended all of the students currently enrolled at the Madison Center for the Arts, where Madison College was located, and at the Los Angeles County School System, according to the school district’s website.
“These suspensions will begin immediately,” the district said in a release.
Tugswell said the shutdowns will be implemented in phases, beginning with Madison College and continuing throughout the year.
Students will be allowed to return for classes at the college’s school district offices but will not be able use the school’s library, she said.
The university has been preparing for the shutdown, according a statement released Friday by the college.
“Madison College has been working diligently with the district to determine the best course of action for our students, faculty, and staff, and we are pleased that our campuses are safe and sound,” the statement said.
TUGWEIL’S STATEMENT ON THE MADISON CAMPUS CUTS: The district is also working with students and staff to determine which of the three Madison College campuses they will be staying at, Tugwinkle said.
“Students will continue to receive instruction from Madison College students, who will also be able access the Madison City Libraries, the San Fernando Valley Library, and the Santa Cruz County Library,” she said in her statement.
Madison County schools Superintendent Jennifer Tugswood says students who have been suspended at Madison College will be moving to other campus in the district.
“I want to thank all the Madison students for their hard work and dedication,” Tugswinkle wrote in a Facebook post.
“Their families are with them through this difficult time and their future is bright.
We look forward to welcoming them back to the Madison community and the surrounding communities in January 2019.”
A total of 3,857 students were enrolled at Madison Center and 1,923 at the San Francisco Arts Academy.
Madison Center is the first of four high school campuses that will be shuttered by the school system.
Tuggwell said Madison Center will remain open, and students at the school will be housed in other schools throughout the district, according the district website.
Madison has a student body of roughly 5,000 students.
Madison is the second-largest college in California.
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