Years of declining enrollment has hollowed out sections of Lincoln High’s campus. The school has capacity for nearly twice the number of students who are currently enrolled. Classrooms sit vacant. Walkways are quiet.
Next year, some of that space might be occupied with students, but they won’t be attending Lincoln.
Last month, San Diego Unified school board members approved proposals for eight charter schools that want to use district facilities. Under the terms of Prop. 39, which California voters passed in 2000, the school district is legally required to provide them space – even if a neighborhood school currently occupies part of the campus.
In Lincoln’s case, this would mean sharing its campus with Arroyo Paseo, a charter high school that currently operates in City Heights. Arroyo Paseo isn’t a big school. This year, 124 students attend – roughly the same number who would head to a new space on the Lincoln campus next year.
Arroyo Paseo’s principal, Joe Bennett, said its small size allows educators to personalize instruction. Many who choose the charter school are students for whom traditional high schools weren’t working. Either they were falling behind on credits, or they just didn’t like the fit, Bennett said.
Currently, the district is only offering up five of Lincoln’s classrooms for the charter school, though that number isn’t set in stone. Think of the proposals like opening offers.
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2,700 as the capacity makes sense when it is one high school. When a campus shares common facilities and there is a need to delineate facilities spatially to preserve the integrity of the programs, the capacity is reduced. It is not just a number when you go from one drama and performing arts program to two. You still have the same single theater.
@Richard del Rio this is a good point. There are also other extenuating circumstances related to space on campus. For example, the middle college which now occupies rooms at Lincoln High School requires space for middle college administrators and middle college resource people. The special education population at Lincoln occupy classrooms but often with fewer students due to higher needs. There is a medically fragile component to this where 8 students at a time require a room. There are some rooms designated as computer labs which everyone shares, etc.
Lou, please reread your response to the article. Do the math? There is plenty of room for another large school.
This is exactly why LaShae Collins should fill district E's board seat - she truly cares about children. However, we all know that the board will appoint one of their employees to fill the position. Corruption continues at SDUSD. People, watch the circus at next weeks SDUSD board meeting!
Thanks for the article Mario. At least someone is disseminating information. Please check your Math. Capacity for twice the current enrollment would mean 2900, way over Lincoln's capacity of approximately 2200 and half of that would be 1100, quite a bit below the 1450 current enrollment. There are definitely good things happening at Lincoln and not only through the middle college. There is really good teaching going on, good clubs, tutoring and other after school programs as well as credit recovery classes, mock trial club, sports, health center, robotics, etc, etc. If enrollment goes up much further there will not be many vacant classrooms. As it is now, there's only a few. No room for charter.
Hi, @Lou Dodge. I'm not sure where you're getting the 2,200 number in relation to Lincoln's capacity. A number of news articles from the time put Lincoln's capacity at 2,700. The math in the story seems right, to me. http://www.saturnelectric.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Prop-MM-Makes-New-Schools-A-Reality.pdf
@Mario Koran, I think you are correct the number may be larger than 2200 but if you factor in honors classes and special needs and middle college space, the 2700 my be too high. The first year it opened there were about 2300 to 2400 and that may have pushed the limit.