As school board members prepare to decide the fate of
In particular, the approximately 25 residents who attended an open forum suggested that classrooms with multiple grade levels would retain the district’s current attendance boundaries and alleviate problems with declining enrollment.
“We think we do need more than 90 days to research other proposals as much as Dr. Cavallo has investigated the present proposal,” JoEllen Barron, a vice president for the Garfield Elementary Parent-Teacher Association, said.
In September the superintendent suggested that
Cavallo has said the change is necessary to help standardize the curriculum and manage resources amid expectations that enrollment will slip. The school board is expected to vote on the proposal in December.
Barron and Charles Hoehne, both of whom have children at Garfield Elementary, advocated for combining grade levels. Students in first- and second-grade, for example, would be taught in the same classroom by the same teacher. The practice is commonly used elsewhere, they said, and would give the district greater flexibility within its neighborhood schools.
“For me, personally, I would rather things stay the way they are, but that doesn’t seem to be an option,” Hoehne said.
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