One of the main reasons my husband and I decided to put down roots in Coronado was because of the schools. Now they are being threatened. We need to band together to save them.
The Coronado School District is proposing moving the transitional kindergartners and kindergartners from ECDC to Village Elementary. This is a bad idea for many reasons:
1. ECDC is a special campus built specifically for kindergartners. It has a small school feel and serves as a safe haven for our youngest and most vulnerable students. Teachers are easily accessible, the campus is small and easy for 5 year olds to navigate, and the students have grass to run on every day.
2. Moving 100-150 kids to Village will make it overly crowded--for all students. That is one of the main reasons why ECDC was built in the first place. Village previously housed kindergartners. In 2003, the student population was 827. Village was so crowded that the school considered moving some kids from Village down to Strand Elementary. Ultimately they created multi-grade combination classes. Our student population this year is approximately 848 students. In 2012 it got up to 920 students! If the campus could hardly accommodate 827 students in 2003, how can it handle more now? Don't we want to have the option of reducing class sizes someday? We need classrooms to do so. History shows that all students at Village is a significant downgrade.
3. The District is not going to do a traffic study to analyze the impact and safety of adding 100-150 students to Village until after they vote on the proposal. Before a decision is made, shouldn't we know whether the pick up and drop off procedures will be safe for our students? Parking is already difficult at Village--how will it be after 100 plus kids are added, all of whom need to be walked to the gate?
4. The alleged cost savings from the reduction in certified and classified employees is questionable, as the District has not provided any information on which positions will be eliminated. They say that no teachers will be let go--that the savings will come from the natural attrition of staff and the elimination of contracted staff. If that's the case, why do we need to move the students to recognize this cost savings? Also, are there that many redundant services at the schools, or will the District just dilute the current services being offered to students so that fewer employees are necessary?
5. Class sizes will have to increase, and time all students spend in common spaces (playgrounds, computer labs, library, etc.) will likely decrease. It's just common sense. You can't cut positions, space and entire computer labs and playgrounds without it having a ripple effect on all students.
So please, help save ECDC--for all our students!