Lincoln High Might Open Its Campus to Separate Charter School
Parts of Lincoln High’s campus can feel like a ghost town, thanks to years of declining enrollment. That might change soon, if the district’s proposal to let a charter school occupy five of Lincoln’s classrooms goes through.
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Lincoln High Principal John Ross talks with a student on the first day of school in 2014.
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.