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School District Asks The Community What To Do With An Old School

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There could be new uses for an old Sacramento school building that's been closed for several years. The Sacramento City Unified School District closed the Old Marshall School on G Street in 2009. 

Gabe Ross is with the district and says it has begun asking neighbors, non-profits and businesses to submit ideas for the building's future.

"There's a lot of urgency certainly on the district's perspective and from the Board of Education but also from the neighborhood who have been great partners and have been pushing the district to move forward with a plan for this site for some time," Ross says.

Ross says it's unlikely the building will ever be used as an elementary school, which was its initial purpose until 1976.

"The infrastructure needs there from a facility standpoint are pretty great and the size of the campus — this was built in 1903. The footprint is significantly smaller than what we would say is an ideal amount of space for a modern elementary school."

Rudolph Harold designed the building. He also designed old City Hall.
Seismic retrofits were completed in 1983 and the school was used as a preschool, employment center and school for adults until budget cuts forced it to close in 2009.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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