OVSD closings are “paused”


Consideration of closing or repurposing as many as four campuses in the Ocean View School District has been “paused” and no such changes will happen for the 2023-2024 school year.

The district, which serves northern Huntington Beach and portions of adjoining cities, has seen enrollment fall by about 2,400 students in the last 10 years.

As a way of coping with falling enrollment and the decreases in revenue that go with it, the district was considering closing and the relocating of students at Circle View, Village View and Golden View.

Spring View would be converted from a middle school to an elementary school and the middle school students there relocated to another middle school in the district.

But public reaction was so strong against the closures that those plans were put on hold.

In a letter to parents, School Board President Patricia Singer wrote, “I have taken these sentiments to heart and agree that the process for evaluating school consolidation is moving too fast. As president of the board, I have decided to postpone the current consolidation study. I have asked Superintendent [Michael] Conroy to work with his staff, our Ocean View parents, and community to develop a range of future options for the board to consider as it determines how to deal with the district’s ongoing declining enrollment.”

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