They are proposing to close Lakeview, near Lake Merritt; Lazear, in the Fruitvale area; Marshall, in the East Oakland hills; Maxwell Park, near Mills College; and Santa Fe, in North Oakland.

While the school board is not scheduled to make a decision until October, the recommendations will be discussed at a 5 p.m. Tuesday board meeting that will be held in the Oakland High School theater, 1023 MacArthur Blvd.

The school district's restructuring plan could affect many more schools than those five. Kaiser and Burckhalter elementary schools, which appeared on an earlier list of posible closure schools, would be expanded and possibly relocated, along with all of their employees. The expanded schools would each have at least 380 students.

Still other schools, including Greenleaf, La Escuelita and Sankofa elementary schools and Madison Middle School, could add new grade levels in the years to come. Manzanita Elementary School might merge with Manzanita SEED, a two-way language immersion school on the same campus.

Earlier this month, when the initial list of schools under consideration was released, families at Kaiser Elementary mounted a powerful campaign to save their school. Kaiser, a diverse, high-performing school in the North Oakland hills, is a de-facto magnet; about 90 percent of its students come from outside its attendance area, and about one-third are African-American. Parents and teachers questioned why the district, which established a department to promote the achievement of black boys, would close Kaiser or Burckhalter, where African-American students perform high on standardized tests.


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Lorene Briley, whose son attends Marshall, said she plans to be at Tuesday's board meeting. Her son is going to middle school next year, she said, but she is concerned about other children who might not have the chance to go there.

"The kids that go to that school are excited to be at that school," she said. "We're going to see if they'll keep it open."

Read Katy Murphy's Oakland schools blog at www.ibabuzz.com/education. Follow her at Twitter.com/katymurphy.

oakland schools recommended for closure
Lakeview Elementary
Lazear Elementary
Marshall Elementary
Maxwell Park Elementary
Santa Fe Elementary