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Administrators, parents, and residents living near Cadman Elementary are doing all they can to persuade district officials to erase the school from a list of potential closures. Cadman is one of ten schools the district is considering closing as a way to save money and avoid insolvency.

In response, Cadman principal Elizabeth Ballard has applied for community grants. The Clairemont Town Council has donated $2000 to the elementary school for art programs. Local architect Timothy Smith is designing a new playground with surrounding garden planters and parents are purchasing trees to plant throughout the campus.

Supporters will tout the grants, donations, and other efforts at a district meeting at Marston Middle School on Thursday evening.

Similar meetings have taken place at schools in University City, Southeastern San Diego, and Mira Mesa. District officials will continue to hold meetings in the ten communities until the school board is ready to make a decision; sometime in December.

In the meantime, supporters are asking nearby residents to get involved. "The more of us that show up, the more powerful we are," reads a flyer. "...this may be our only chance to convince the district."

The meeting will begin at 5:30pm.


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