The Simi Valley school board will host two community forums in April to answer parents' questions about the proposed closure of Sycamore Elementary School, delaying a final vote on the issue by a week.
That decision came Tuesday night after three hours of public testimony in opposition to the closure plan, which was recommended by a committee of parents and administrators this month.
Officials say closing tiny Sycamore Elementary will cut about $200,000 from Simi Valley Unified's squeezed budget. But parents argue that shutting down a neighborhood school should be considered only as a last resort.
As Tuesday's school board meeting continued into its sixth hour at midnight, tired trustees said holding two community forums would be the best way to address parent concerns.