Help Support Pershing K-8 Replacement School

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Pershing Community, please help support the K-8 school planned to replace Pershing Elementary and open in August of 2019. The existing school is now closed and all students have been relocated to Pine Castle Elementary for the next two years.  Please sign this petition to help ensure the K-8 is built on time and includes all the currently planned features.

K-8 Information Highlights:

Programs and features:  Facilities will include many things Pershing Elementary did not, including fully digital classrooms, indoor gym, outdoor track and athletic field, science labs, music and band rooms.  There will also be many new and improved safety features.
Benefit of K-8:  Studies show significant benefits for children in grades 6-8 include improved academic performance and attendance, decreased discipline issues, higher self-esteem, and a more positive attitude towards school.
Capacity:  Pershing Elementary has a student capacity of 529 and a current student enrollment of 300, with past enrollment as high as 750.  The K-8 is expected to have an initial enrollment of 800 students and maximum capacity of 1,215 students.
School Traffic:  A thorough traffic study was completed prior to design.   Parking and traffic plans were designed based on these results. Queuing for cars to wait on campus for pick up and drop off will increase from the current capacity of 30 cars to 195 cars.  Vehicles will continue to enter from the current Overlake entrance but will now exit onto Pershing Ave to more evenly distribute traffic flow.  Buses will continue to enter and exit from Pershing Ave. with several pedestrian entrance/exits.
Safety:  Pershing-Pine Castle PTA will advocate to Orange County for traffic control devices, such as more crossing guards, speed bumps, and increased police presence, to increase safety in the area and cause less disruption at arrival and dismissal times.
Trees:  The mature trees on Pershing Ave. will remain in place to continue to provide residents and the school with environmentally-friendly shade and an important community aesthetic.


Please sign and share this petition. The parents, teachers, and students of Pershing-Pine Castle Elementary appreciate your support!

Taylor Korty
Pershing-Pine Castle PTA President
pershingpinecastlepta@gmail.com



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