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First Person: Jacumba School Closes After Almost 90 Years

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Photo by Brooke Ruth

Susan Barry is pictured in front of the school in Jacumba, Aug. 3, 2017.

First Person: Jacumba School Closes After Almost 90 Years

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Susan Barry, former teacher, Jacumba school

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Photo by Brooke Ruth

The last day of school at the school in Jacumba was in June, Aug. 3, 2017.

Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students who attended Jacumba Middle School will not be returning to that school when classes begin on Aug. 21.

That is because the Mountain Empire Unified School District has closed the school. The district said the school is being closed because it had under 60 students and the district's Campo and Potrero middle schools had too many students. Middle school students from Jacumba, Boulevard, Campo and Potrero will eventually all attend the same school in Campo.

The students from Jacumba will be bused to the school in Campo, which is about 20 miles away.

"I venture to say with all the stops to pick up kids they're going to be on the bus almost an hour everyday ... an hour each way," said former teacher Susan Barry. "So there we are from our nice little residential school that used to be K through sixth and all the kids in school could just walk to school and walk home, we have all of our kids being bused."

Kindergarten through fifth grade students who live in Jacumba are bused to the school in nearby Boulevard.

The school in Jacumba first opened in the 1930s. Jacumba is the easternmost town in San Diego County and home to just over 550 people.

Barry taught at the school in Jacumba for 25 years. As part of our First Person series, Barry tells us about the school and the possible impact of the school being closed.

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