FAIRFIELD — In closing Sullivan Middle School, district administrators ignored the advice of the state’s highest-ranking education agency, a revelation that has further upset Sullivan parents but did not come as a shock.
“This is just par for the course and their kind of communication M.O.,” said parent LeRoy Purvis, who is leading the Save Sullivan group. “The lines of communication aren’t open, they didn’t dialogue with us. Maybe that was intended, I don’t know. But it happened really fast.”
The California Department of Education has developed guidelines, what it calls a “best practices guide,” for school districts considering school closures. The guidelines are not mandated but recommended to be used as a framework.
While the school district followed the advice on chapters pertaining to what factors to consider when closing a school, making the transition and having a committee that focuses on vacant school sites, it did not follow the guidelines on public outreach.