With the construction of a new charter high school in East Palo Alto underway, the Ravenswood City School District will close two public elementary schools.

The district approved the closings due to a lack of enrollment and funds — the schools in the district currently serve around half their maximum capacity of students, according to the interim superintendent.

Amid this change, the Sequoia Union High School District Board of Trustees voted to approve a new high school’s charter petition in late September 2019. However, members of SUHSD have expressed concerns over the impact charter schools can have on public school resources.

Because state funding is based on the enrollment of each school district, RCSD has been forced to cut costs as enrollment has been steadily decreasing for over five years.