Targeting segregation: Santa Rosa school board to study ‘full unification’ of its 10 districts

23 January 2023

The Santa Rosa City School Board met in a special meeting Jan. 18 to address a familiar, thorny issue: the proposed unification of its many school districts.

After weighing the trio of consolidation choices offered by an independent auditing firm, board members took a surprising step ― voting unanimously to further study the riskiest, most challenging option.

That option calls for “full unification” of the Santa Rosa City Elementary and High School Districts with all eight of its elementary feeder districts. It comes with considerable and immediate fiscal pain, according to a study by the firm Christy White & Associates.

But full unification would also do the most, argued Board Trustee Omar Medina, to break down the segregation existing in the city and its public schools.

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