H-SAN LUIS OBISPO

Feb 6, 2013 2:51 AM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Parents pack San Luis Coastal Unified School Board meeting to voice opinions on Teach Elementary

Dozens in the San Luis Obispo community packed the San Luis Coastal Unified school board meeting on Tuesday night to voice their opinions about the Bishop's Peak/Teach Elementary capacity issue. The two schools share one campus, and because enrollment keeps increasing, it's running out of space.

A majority of the attendants of the meeting who took to the podium pleaded with the school board to keep Teach alive. Many said the blue ribbon school has not only helped their child academically, but also socially. A handful of alum came to speak about the success of Teach as well.

But, there were also a few parents who voiced the opposite feeling, saying Teach divides students at the 4th grade. That is when children at Bishop's Peak/Teach begin enrollment at Teach, splitting from peers. Those parents suggested a Teach-like program be offered throughout all the San Luis Coastal schools.

Judy King, a Bishop's Peak parent, said, "I think Teach is a, there's a lot of great families at Teach, I have no problem with that, I just believe in public education and in public education, you're educating everyone, and if we need accelerating education in the classroom, I'd like to see it offered to all kids."

Vanessa Rizzo supports Teach, and doesn't understand why the school district would even consider the option of phasing it out.

"If we are nearing capacity at our Bishop's Peak/Teach campus, and then need is to grow, a successful program, we ought to expand into some campuses of which our district owns and possible can allow some rooms," said Rizzo.

At Tuesday night's meeting, after listening to public comment, the school board ordered Superintendent Eric Prater to come up with suggestions for them, and to present them at the next meeting, which is scheduled for February 19 at Laguna Middle School.

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