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Sacramento School Closed By Budget Cuts, Slated To Reopen Next Year

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Superintendent Jose Banda and Councilman Steve Hansen unveil the Opening Fall 2016 sign with neighborhood kids at Washington Elementary.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

One of seven schools in the city of Sacramento that closed two years ago because of budget cuts will reopen next year.

Washington Elementary will offer art classes in addition to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, programming.

Maria Ocampo was in front of the school on 18th Street Thursday for the unveiling of the sign that says, "Opening Fall 2016."

She says she is looking forward to re-enrolling two of her children at their old school.

"I told my friends yesterday, I put it on Facebook, 'everybody come to the meeting at 10:30' and I'm coming right now from my job."

The Sacramento City Unified School District expects 200 students from surrounding neighborhoods to enroll next fall and will actively recruit students from other parts of the city to meet its capacity of 600 students.

The school district says it will cost $500,000 for front office staff and custodians and $1 million for eight teachers.

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