PREFund epitomizes what a community can do when it comes together. We got our start in 2005 successfully rallying to overturn school closure recommendations from the San Francisco Unified School District and its Board of Education. This activist spirit lives on. PREFund will continue to represent the interests of families to local government until all of our needs have been met.
We believe that schools are the bedrock of healthy society and that it is never too early to start planning for a school. That’s why we are fighting to reopen a middle school in Potrero.
While there are currently enough middle school seats to serve the children of San Francisco, these seats are not proximate for families in the Southeast and current capacity is projected to be exceeded in the not too distant future. All of the significant development that’s happening in the city is happening in the Eastern Neighborhoods; that’s where a tidal wave of students will come from.
The Eastern Neighborhood Plan (adopted December 2008) foresaw this: Chapter 7: Policy 7.1.4
“Seek the San Francisco Unified School District’s consideration of new middle school options in this neighborhood, or in the Central Waterfront or East SoMa neighborhoods, or the expansion of existing schools to accommodate middle school demand from projected population growth in the Eastern Neighborhoods.” Evidence: Page 70 of Showplace Square/Potrero Area Plan December 2008 adopted version
Schools are a tremendous asset for a community. Join our mailing list to be kept up to date on our efforts to create such an asset for Potrero at the middle school level.
We believe that not just schools, but integrated schools, make for the healthiest of societies -- schools where students are able to interact and learn alongside students that bring different perspectives and experiences to the table -
This area east of the 101 is one of the most diverse parts of San Francisco, both socio-economically and culturally, but it also has the potential to become one of the most segregated. This is already starting to happen socioeconomically (Potrero saw the greatest increase in income between 1990 and 2010 of any neighborhood in the City.) And there is tremendous racial isolation in the Bayview elementary schools.
We are asking ourselves how Potrero schools and the Potrero community can help ensure student bodies in the entire Southeast are diverse and inclusive.