Board Votes to Shelve Year-Round School Plans for 1987
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Plans to put more schools on year-round schedules next year were shelved by the Los Angeles Unified School District’s board, which opted instead to ease crowding with increased busing and portable classrooms.
Of the district’s 618 schools, 93 are on a year-round schedule. The board voted 6-1 Monday for a $24 million plan that would keep any more schools from going to year-round scheduling in 1987, district spokesman Shel Erlich said.
Board member Roberta Weintraub voted against the proposal laid out Monday because it involved announcing in January a schedule of campuses that would be converted to year-round use in 1988.
″I believe we have to go year-round eventually, but we need to demonstrate to the community that it is an absolute necessity,″ she said.
Until last week, the district was exploring the option of converting an additional 76 schools to year-round use next year, Erlich said.
Parents, mainly from the mostly white San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles area, protested plans for more year-round schools.
Many parents said they feared the change would disrupt family life, and they predicted a system that sends youngsters on vacation during times other than the summer would cause widespread problems in arranging child care.
Others complained that their schools were not air-conditioned and would be too hot for the students who would have to be in class during the summer.
District officials argue that more year-round scheduling is inevitable because of soaring enrollment.
Erlich noted that the most crowded campuses in the district are often in areas with heavy minority populations.
Board member Larry Gonzalez said it would be unfair for all year-round campuses to be in predominantly minority areas. He said he planned to push for proportionately equal distribution of campuses with year-round schedules.
The plan adopted Monday would increase the number of students being bused to school from 65,000 to about 74,000, Erlich said. Bungalow-style portable classrooms will be sent to campuses that will receive students from schools about to go over their limit of students.