Committee looks into closing two Nevada City elementary schools |

Committee looks into closing two Nevada City elementary schools

A Nevada City School District committee is now considering shuttering both Nevada City Elementary and Gold Run schools to combat a growing deficit.

Members of the “7-11” committee are researching the possibility of placing all students at Seven Hills Middle School and Deer Creek School. Under the plan, some fifth graders would attend Seven Hills, which currently enrolls students in sixth through eighth grades.

The original choices – closing only NCE or only Gold Run – are still on the table. Closing one school would save at least $217,000.

Officials at the district, which enrolls about 1,200 students, are trying to cut about $1.4 million from a $9 million budget. That figure is about $400,000 more than officials had expected when they began looking at cuts earlier this year.

Board members have already downsized the budget by $900,000, eliminating jobs and increasing class sizes. Selling or leasing school property could close the gap.

While the board has the final say on which campus to close, the teachers, parents, principals and staff on the committee will make a formal recommendation at the May 10 board meeting.

Factors in the decision include the condition of each campus, operating costs, the ability of a campus to fit excess students, and the cost of transporting students to each campus, according to minutes from last week’s “7-11” committee meeting.

Committee members met Thursday, March 25, and divided research duties among themselves. They will meet again at 11:45 a.m. Monday, April 19, at Gold Run School. (For more information, visit the district Web site,, and click on “District Office.”)

More information about the committee is available at the district’s Web site

To contact Staff Writer Michelle Rindels, e-mail or call (530) 477-4247.

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